Just a few days after she won a silver medal in the javelin throw at the Tokyo Summer Games, Polish Olympian, Maria Andrejczyk, was ready to auction it off – she was hoping to raise enough money so that an 8-month-old Polish child, Miloszek Malysa, could travel to the United States for life saving surgery.
“Miloszek has a serious heart defect, he needs an operation,” The Olympian shared on Facebook. “I also want to help. It’s for him that I am auctioning my Olympic silver medal.”
The little boy’s donation page was seeking to raise over $380,000, but with the auction of the medal, Andrejczyk, a bone cancer survivor, was hoping to contribute at least half that amount.
It wasn’t long before Andrejczyk was back on Facebook revealing that Zabka, a Polish convenience store chain, had won the auction and contributed more than her original goal.
“We have the winner of the auction!” the Olympian shared.
Andrejczyk said she was “eternally grateful” to the company for stepping in to make the life-saving operation possible. She went on to share that she was honored to hand over her medal, “which for me is a symbol of struggle, faith and pursuit of dreams despite many odds. I hope that for you it will be a symbol of the life we fought for together,” she wrote.
Following her announcement, Zabka tweeted that they wanted Andrejczyk to keep her silver medal. “We were moved by the beautiful and extremely noble gesture of our Olympian, so we decided to support the fundraiser for Miłoszek,” the company wrote in their tweet.
They added, ” We admire [Andrejczyk] and we are glad that we were able to contribute.”
Miloszek Malysa donations page has raised $407,972 towards his heart surgery – an amount that crushed the original goal and donations are still pouring in. Thank you, Maria Andrejczyk, for the thought of sacrificing the reward for your life’s work to save a little boy’s life. You are the real MVP!
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