Olympic silver medalist javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk of Poland auctioned her medal to help raise money to support an infant boy’s heart surgery.
Just days after medaling at the Tokyo Games, the 25-year-old announced on Facebook that she wanted to raise $190,000 for 8-month-old Miloszek Małysa to go to the United States to receive life-saving surgery.
“Miloszek has a serious heart defect, he needs an operation,” she wrote on Aug. 11. “He already has a head start from Kubus — a boy who didn’t make it in time but whose amazing parents decided to pass on the funds they collected.”
She added, “And in this way, I also want to help. It’s for him that I am auctioning my Olympic silver medal.”
Miloszek’s goal is to raise over $380,000 — half of which Andrejczyk, a bone cancer survivor herself will contribute personally.
Andrejczyk said, “I hope that for you it will be a symbol of the life we fought for together.”
In a “fierce” bidding war, Polish convenience store chain, Zabka, won the auction for the Olympians medal.
Announcing Zabka’s victory on her social media pages, Andrejczyk expressed being “eternally grateful” to the company and honored to give them her medal.
Following her announcement, Zabka tweeted that they will be giving Andrejczyk’s medal to baby Miloszek as a keepsake.
Zabka tweeted, “We were moved by the beautiful and extremely noble gesture of our Olympian, so we decided to support the fundraiser for Miłoszek.”
As of Tuesday August 26, Miloszek’s donation page has raised more than $346,000 for his heart surgery.
Source: Daily Mail