Polish Olympian Maria Andrejczyk has auctioned off her silver medal to help a sick child. The medal won in the Tokyo Games raised a lot of money for a life-saving operation for the infant boy. The person who won the auction told Andrejczyk that she could keep her prize.
The 25-year-old olympian specializes in the javelin throw and overcame some obstacles to participate in the 2020 Games. She overcame both bone cancer as well as a shoulder injury and still managed to come out with silver. Her reasoning behind selling the medal was to help the boy as she understands how it is to “fight against adversity and pain.”
The money will go to Milosz Malysa, a baby with a heart defect and the family has been raising money to send him to the United States for surgery. The parents posted last week that the boy could die soon without an operation. The winner of the auction was a popular convenience store chain in Poland named Zabka. Their bid was 200,000 zlotys which are equivalent to US$51,000.
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