Rio Medalist Sells His Silver to Save Little Boy's Sight

'My silver medal today is worth a lot more than a week ago'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2016 7:30 AM CDT
Poland's Piotr Malachowski competes in a qualifying round of the men's discus throw during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday,...   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – Poland's Piotr Malachowski is no slouch at throwing the discus—but he appears to be even better at being an awesome human being. After winning a silver medal in Rio, the 31-year-old went home and put it up for auction to raise funds for a little boy with eye cancer, CBS reports. Malachowski, who had been seeking to raise around $84,000 so that 3-year-old Olek Szymanski could have an operation in New York to save his eyesight, announced on his Facebook page that the auction was ending early because billionaire siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk had agreed to buy his medal for the remaining cost of the surgery.

"We were able to show that together we can do wonders," Malachowski wrote, per ESPN. "My silver medal today is worth a lot more than a week ago. It is worth the life and health of a small Olek. It is our great shared success." (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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