Polish Athlete Sells Rio Medal to Help Child With Eye Cancer

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -
Poland's Piotr Malachowski plays with the discus during the men's discus throw final in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Poland’s Piotr Malachowski plays with the discus during the men’s discus throw final in Rio on Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has sold the silver medal he won in Rio to help pay for the medication of a 3-year-old boy suffering from eye cancer.

Malachowski said on social media 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 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 ($130,000) — has been met.

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