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Olympian Selflessly Sells Silver Medal to Help Boy Battling Cancer

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A True Hero

The 2016 Rio Olympics came to a close last Sunday, and, this year, the world saw some pretty incredible, life-changing moments. Michael Phelps swam his last competitive lap, and Usain Bolt took his last sprint around the Olympic stadium track. Both fittingly ended their careers with gold. Fiji historically brought home gold in Rugby — their first Olympic medal in any sport. How big a deal was their win? The Prime Minister declared a national holiday.

As amazing as the games were, the Olympic torch has barely stopped smoldering before we have already heard a heroic story from another of the athletes. Discus thrower Piotr Małachowski is auctioning his silver medal to help raise funds for a boy battling cancer… and it’s worth way more than any gold.

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29: Piotr Malachowski of Poland on his way to winning gold in the Men's Discus final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Heartwarming doesn’t even begin to describe this

Second Place Finish

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 Olympian Piotr Małachowski just completed his second Olympics this summer. In 2008, he brought home a silver medal and was hoping to bring home the gold this year. He came close, but was beat out and took 2nd place instead.

Not even a week home from the games, Piotr has chosen to put his prestigious medal to good use. In a Facebook post, he wrote that he was auctioning off his medal to raise funds for a boy battling cancer.

Loosely translated, the post began, “Winning an Olympic medal is one of an athlete’s life dreams. Of course, the most precious is gold,” he wrote “I did everything in my power to get it. Unfortunately this time I did not succeed. But fate gave me a chance to increase the value of my ‘Silver.'”

Pleading For Help

Olek with eye cancer

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Piotr received a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek who said he had been battling eye cancer. “Retinoblastoma is malignant cancer of the eye, which exists only in children under the age of 5, choosing to prey on the weakest,” his post continued. “Poland doesn’t stand a chance of saving the little boy. His only chance is therapy in New York,” adding that he would use the entire sum raised to pay for treatment.