A silver medalist in the javelin throw from Poland was auctioned off to help pay for a child’s heart surgery.
Last week, Andrejczyk, who is a bone cancer survivor, announced on Facebook that she would sell her medal and donate the funds to a surgery for Miloszek Malysia, an 8-month-old boy.
This week, Andrejczyk announced the auction winner.
The Polish convenience store chain Zabka made the top bid, paying $125,000 for the silver medal, but instead of collecting the prize, the company announced it would let Andrejczyk keep the silver medal after all.
“We were moved by the beautiful and extremely noble gesture of our Olympian,” the company said in a Facebook post translated from Polish. “We also decided that the silver medal from Tokyo will remain with Ms Maria, who showed how great she is.”
Maria Andrejczyk won the silver medal in women’s javelin throw during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2021.