Olympic medals are something to be cherished. But for this Polish athlete, some things are bigger than sports.
Piotr Malachowski won a silver medal in discus throwing during Rio 2016, but he auctioned the medal off to help pay for the treatment of a 3-year old boy with eye cancer. You might be wondering who would have the money to buy such a thing? Why, none other than the richest people in Poland of course!
The surgery for the young boy cost about $126,000 but one-third of that had already been raised by charity. Malachowski pulled the auction down early after Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk (those rich people we talked about) agreed to buy it. There was no mention on how much the medal sold for, but Malachowski said it was for "an amount which enables us to meet the goal set." AKA a lot of money.
The Kulczyks are siblings who inherited a combined $3.4 billion when their father passed away in 2015. It's an incredible act of kindness from complete strangers. No one forced them to do this, but rather used the goodness of their hearts to help a young boy in need.
"We were able to show that together we can do wonders," Malachowski wrote on his Facebook page. "My silver medal today is worth a lot more than a week ago. It is worth the life and health of a small Olek. It is our great shared success."