Polish Olympian sells silver medal to pay for heart surgery for 8-month-old boy: NPR
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Just days after the Tokyo Olympics, a Polish javelin thrower auctioned off her silver medal to help pay for an infant’s heart surgery.
Marie-Madeleine Andrejczyk announced on Facebook last week, that she would sell her medal and invest the profits in an operation for 8-month-old Miloszek Malysa. According to a fundraising page, the boy is in palliative care at home and requires urgent operation in the United States.
This week Andrejczyk announced the winner of the auction.
Polish convenience store chain Zabka placed the highest bid, paying $ 125,000 for the silver medal, according to media reports.
But instead of getting his prize back, Zabka announced that he would let Andrejczyk keep the silver medal after all.
“We were moved by the beautiful and extremely noble gesture of our Olympian,” said the company. said in a Facebook post translated from Polish. “We also decided that the Tokyo silver medal would stay with Ms Maria, who showed how great she is.”
The 25-year-old athlete took second place in the Olympic Women’s Javelin Throw Final in early August.
After auction closes, Andrejczyk said in a translated Facebook post that the medal was for her a “symbol of struggle, of faith and of the pursuit of dreams despite many adversities”.
She added: “I hope for you this will be a symbol of the life we have fought for together.”