Olympian auctions medal to pay for baby’s surgery; auction winner tells her to keep it
An Olympic silver medalist from Poland put her medal up for auction to help pay for an 8-month-old baby’s heart surgery, but the winning bidder turned the tables and let her keep it.
Javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk won one of the country’s 14 medals in Tokyo, and she was determined to help a stranger in some way, according to her Facebook page.
Andrejczyk, 25, discovered a fundraiser for little Miłoszek Małysa, who suffers from a rare heart condition and will need surgery to survive. She decided to auction the medal and donate the money to Miłoszek’s family.
Polish convenience store chain Zabka Polska ponied up $125,000 as the winning bid, and then said in a Facebook post that it would let Andrejczyk keep the medal.
The fundraiser for Miłoszek on a Polish GoFundMe-type site is more than 90% complete as of Tuesday night.
Andrejczyk finished fourth in the javelin competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer, but battled back to win silver in Tokyo.