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Rio Olympics discus thrower sells silver medal to help kid with eye cancer

Piotr Malachowski put the silver medal on auction to help pay for treatment of the boy, Olek, who is suffering from eye cancer.

By: AP | Warsaw |
August 26, 2016 11:05:17 pm
rio olympics, olympics, rio 2016 olympics, Piotr Malachowski, Piotr Malachowski discus throw, olympics discus throw, olympics news Piotr Malachowski won the silver medal in men’s discus throw at Rio Olympics. (Source: AP)

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

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 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.

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