A Javelin thrower from Poland made the heartwarming decision to auction off her Olympic silver medal in an attempt to help raise $190,000 days after winning it. The money would go towards a young boy's much-needed heart surgery.
The boy suffers from a serious heart defect that needs to be treated urgently. Many hospitals in Europe had refused to deal with the case given how complicated it was, which is why he had to be taken to the United States for treatment.
Maria Andrejczyk came second during the women's javelin throw during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She is 25, and three years ago, she was told that she had bone cancer.
The medal would be sold in a private auction, hoping that the proceeds would help raise $190,000, which Miloszek Malsya desperately needs to undergo surgery. This was quite a bold decision considering that the athlete had decided to sell off the medal days after winning it in Tokyo.
The Boy Needs The Surgery To Live
The Polish toddler will undergo the operation in the United States, and the treatment will help save his life.
Maria made an update on Facebook where she also revealed that Zabka, a Polish convenience store, had won the auction. The donation made by the store, in addition to other contributions, managed to raise more than the $190,000 she initially desired to help raise.
The athlete also remembered to thank the convenience store in a social media post.
Apparently, even though Maria was willing to give up her medal, Zabka insisted that she keeps it despite making a huge donation. Losing the medal would have been a huge sacrifice on her part, considering the effort many athletes go through to get the honor, with most of them falling short.
In a statement, the store explained that the noble gesture the Olympian had made had really moved them. The establishment also expressed appreciation for getting the chance to help the boy out.
Without a doubt, the silver medal turned out to be worth a lot more as it helped save a boy's life. The boy is 8 months old, and he has to get operated on at Stanford University in California.
The surgery cost was actually worth double that amount, but Maria hoped that her efforts would help raise half the amount needed.
In addition to the money she raised, the boy also has a donation page created by his family in Polish. Soon, nearly all the cash needed to help fund the boy's surgery had been raised.
Maria overcame cancer, and when speaking of her gesture, she claimed that the "true value of a medal always remains in the heart." As far as she is concerned, silver can help save lives "instead of collecting dust in a closet."