Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has auctioned off her Tokyo 2020 silver medal for $125,000 to help an infant get life-saving heart surgery.
On August 11, Andrejczyk posted on her Facebook page that she came across the fundraiser for an 8-month-old Miłoszek Małysa from Poland, who had a serious heart defect and needed surgery, and decided to auction off her lone Olympic medal to help raise money for his surgery.
“He already has a head start from Kubus — a boy who didn’t make it in time but whose amazing parents decided to pass on the funds they collected,” she wrote in Polish on her page.
“And in this way, I also want to help. It’s for him that I am auctioning my Olympic silver medal.”
On Monday, she confirmed on Instagram that Żabka, a Polish supermarket chain won the auction, with a bid of $125,000 U.S. dollars. The fundraiser will make sure Malysa will be flown to Stanford University for heart surgery.
In a surprising twist of events, Żabka decided to give her medal back to her.
Andrejczyk, who missed an Olympic medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics by 2 centimeters, suffered from a shoulder injury in 2017 and was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2018. She went through recovery to make a comeback and win her first Olympic medal in Tokyo earlier this month.