Olympic discus thrower auctions his medal for sick boy

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Olympic Discus Thrower Auctions His Medal for Sick Boy

An Olympic discus thrower has auctioned off his winning medal to raise money for a child's cancer treatment.

Poland's Piotr Malachowski won silver at the Olympics this month. After his win, Malachowski auctioned off his medal on eBay to the highest bidder.

Malachowski says the mother of a 3-year-old boy named Olek wrote to him asking for help so her son, who has retinoblastoma, can get treatment.

Retinoblastoma is a form of malignant eye cancer that primarily affects children under 5 years old. It can affect one or both eyes and can be hereditary.

Reports say the total cost of Olek's surgery is $126,000, and Malachowski says the treatment can only be done in New York. He told his followers on Facebook about Olek last week in hopes of raising funds for the boy's treatment.

The discus thrower took silver in both the 2008 and 2016 Olympic games. According to ESPN, the medal auction had raised around $19,000 when it ended on Tuesday.

The discus thrower says the funds he gets from the the auction will go directly to Olek's treatment. The Olympian wrote: "In Rio I fought for gold. Today, I appeal to all — let's fight together for something that is even more valuable. The health of this fantastic boy."

Malachowski isn't the only Olympian to auction off his medal for a cause. U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin sold his to bolster aid relief efforts after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. And famed Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko sold his medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for more than $1 million as part of a fundraising event for his children's charity.

In another Facebook post, Malachowski reported the goal for the fundraiser had been met. Olek also has a page on the Polish charity site SiePomaga. As of Saturday morning, more than 12,000 people donated to the cause.

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2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. A worker hangs a sign at the Olympic Stadium. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Ticket holders walk into the stadium. REUTERS/Carlos Barria FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Olympic Park - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 31/07/2016. Volunteers walk between Coca Cola branded tables near the main press centre and broadcast centre. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Preliminary - Men's Qualification - Subdivisions - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Kohei Uchimura (JPN) of Japan falls as he competes on the horizontal bar. Dylan Martinez: "I first photographed gymnastics at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and I've been fortunate enough to shoot it at the further three Olympic Games and half a dozen or so world championships. And really, I feel as though I'm only just starting to understand the sport. It's about beauty, strength, endurance, bravery but most importantly, technique. Japan's Kohei Uchimura has it all. He's without doubt one of my favourite gymnasts to photograph. He takes it to another level. Especially the bravery. Here Uchimura fails to hold on to the high bar but in the next frame he gets up, dusts off the chalk and starts again." REUTERS/Dylan Martinez FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SEARCH "OLY BEST" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
Rio Olympics - Olympic Park - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 31/07/2016. A man smokes a cigarette at a hotel outside the Olympic Park. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Journalists wait for a bus following the first night at athletics competition at Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 13, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer matches are seen above toilets at the Rio/Brasa churrascaria steakhouse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 4, 2016. PIcture taken August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Rio Olympics - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. A man speaks through a megaphone to direct people in the Olympic Park. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Brazilian Marines walk past Olympic rings as they patrol Copacabana Beach during the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
2016 Rio Olympics - Golf - Preliminary - Women's training - Olympic Golf Course - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 15/08/2016. A capybara, known as the largest rodent in the world, is shown near the third fairway during a practice round for women's Olympic golf competition. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Team Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA during the women's team final. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SEARCH "OLY BEST" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Semifinal - Men's 100m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016. Photographers wait for the start of the men's 100m final race won by Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica. Picture taken August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Rickey Rogers FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Men's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. The venue for the men's individual all-around final is seen. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SEARCH "OLY WID" FOR ALL IMAGES. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
2016 Rio Olympics - Golf - Preliminary - Training session - Olympic Golf Course - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 09/08/2016. An owl looks out from beside a sand bunker on the Olympic Golf Course during a practice session. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
Rio Olympics - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. A man catches a tennis ball next to the rings in the Olympic Park. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The moon sets behind a hill and a building with an electronic sign for the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
2016 Rio Olympics - Tennis - Olympic Tennis Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. The court is cleaned by personnel as matches were delayed due to rain. REUTERS/Toby Melville FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SEARCH "OLY BEST" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's Marathon - Sambodromo - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/08/2016. First placed Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) of Kenya celebrates with supporters. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SEARCH "OLY BEST" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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