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Olympian sells silver medal to help boy fighting cancer

Piotr Malachowski

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13: Silver medalist Piotr Malachowski of Poland celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Discus Throw Final on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski sold the silver medal he won at the Rio Olympics to raise funds for a 3-year-old boy fighting eye cancer.

In an online auction, Polish billionaire siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk bid an amount large enough to cover 3-year-old Olek Szymanski‘s treatment for retinoblastoma in New York, according to Malachowski’s Facebook page and media reports.

Malachowski’s gesture is reminiscent of Polish swimmer Otylia Jędrzejczak, who sold her gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics to raise money to help children with leukemia.

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