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Polish athlete puts Olympic medal up for sale to help boy with cancer

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​​​​​WARSAW, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has put up for sale the silver medal he won at the Rio Olympics to help raise funds for a boy with a rare cancer, the athlete said on Friday.

"In Rio I fought for gold," Malachowski said on his Facebook profile. "Today I call on all people - let us fight together for something that is even more valuable. For the health of this fantastic boy."

Reigning world champion Malachowski said all the money raised from the auction would be spent on treating 3-year old Polish boy Olek Szymanski, who has suffered for nearly two years from retinoblastoma, an eye cancer affecting young children.

"There is no chance of saving Olek's eyes in Poland. The only chance is therapy in New York," Malachowski said.

Photos of Piotr Malachowski, who is making the selfless act:

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2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Victory Ceremony - Men's Discus Throw Victory Ceremony - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Gold medallist Christoph Harting (GER) of Germany, silver medallist Piotr Malachowski (POL) of Poland and bronze medallist Daniel Jasinski (GER) of Germany pose with their medals. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's Discus Throw Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Piotr Malachowski (POL) of Poland reacts after a discus throw. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's Discus Throw Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Piotr Malachowski (POL) of Poland competes. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Men's Discus Throw Qualifying Round - Group A - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Piotr Malachowski (POL) of Poland competes. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
(L-R) Silver medallist Poland's Piotr Malachowski, Gold medallist Germany's Christoph Harting, and bronze medallist Germany's Daniel Jasinski celebrate on the podium for Men's Discus Throw athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. / AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Polish foundation called Siepomaga has already gathered about a third of the roughly 480,000 zlotys ($126,000) it said was needed to finance the boy's treatment at ophthalmic oncologist David Abramson's clinic in New York.

The highest bid in the auction for Malachowski's silver medal on Poland's Allegro website had reached about $6,000 by 1610 GMT on Friday. The auction ends on Aug. 26.

"I invite everybody to join the bidding. If you help me, my silver medal may be more valuable for Olek than gold," Malachowski said.

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