Tuesday 25 October 2016

Polish athlete sells Rio medal to help three-year-old with eye cancer

Published 26/08/2016 | 17:06

Piotr Malachowski
Piotr Malachowski

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has sold the silver medal he won at the Rio Olympics to help pay for the medication of a three-year-old boy suffering from eye cancer.

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Malachowski said on Facebook that siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk, among the richest Poles, "declared the intention to buy my silver medal", which he put up for auction to help pay for the treatment of the boy, Olek, who is suffering from retinoblastoma.

Malachowski did not reveal the amount raised but said the target - which was almost 500,000 zlotys (£98,000) - has been met.

"My silver medal is worth much more today than it was a week ago," Malachowski said.


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