Polish Olympian Maria Andrejczyk auctions silver medal to save sick infant’s life

August 18, 2021

Not even a fortnight since winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk auctioned off her Tokyo silver medal for $125,000 in order to save the life of an infant in her native Poland who is in need of heart surgery.
The silver medal was the first Olympic medal for Andrejczyk. Maria Andrejczyk aged 25, finished fourth in the javelin competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In 2018, she was diagnosed with bone cancer, but battled back to win silver in Tokyo.
Andrejczyk discovered a fundraiser for little Miłoszek Małysa, who suffers from a rare heart condition and will need surgery to survive. She decided to auction the medal and donate the money to Miłoszek’s family.
The medal was sold to Zabka, a Polish supermarket chain. With the money raised, it will help the boy to get the necessary surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. Zabka then returned the medal to Andrejczyk after receiving the winning bid.
“The true value of a medal always remains in the heart,” she told Polish TV, according to The Times. “A medal is only an object, but it can be of great value to others. This silver can save lives, instead of collecting dust in a closet. “That is why I decided to auction it to help sick children.”

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