After honoring her country, Poland, by winning a silver medal as runner-up in the women’s Olympic javelin throw at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Maria Andrejczyk decided to auction her silver medal to help save the life of a Polish baby.
Although Andrejczyk did not know the child, Miloszek Malysa, who at 8 months required heart surgery, the public plea of his parents moved her to the extent of offering the money resulting from the auction of her medal, relates the New York Post of Aug. 18.
“Miłoszek has a serious heart defect, he needs an operation,” wrote Andrejczyk, 25, five days after enjoying her sporting triumph.
She added: “He also has support from above from Kubuś—a boy who didn’t make it in time, but wonderful people decided to donate their funds to Miłoszek.”
In order to be transferred to the United States and to pay for the baby’s entire treatment, $385,000 was required, of which the family already had half.
Thus, Andrejczyk was trying to collect the other half together with Małysa’s mother, through a campaign launched on Facebook.
As early as Aug. 15, she was already announcing a winner via the social network, it was a Polish retail chain Zabka, which had offered the maximum amount: $125,000.
“We have the winner of the auction!” shared Andrejczyk, also thanking the generous participants of the humanitarian work.
She added: “On Friday I received this wonderful information, and due to the fact that you dears have already done wonders and joint forces have paid more than the equivalent of the initial medal to the Miłoszek account—I decided to end the auction so that our Miłoszek will receive the whole amount as soon as possible and can fly to the USA.”
In response, the winning company stated that the athlete’s motivation had moved them as well, and in addition to the money contributed, they wished the medal to remain in her hands.
Andrejczyk had earlier said: “The true value of a medal always remains in the heart,” Yahoo reported.
And she had added, “A medal is only an object, but it can be of great value to others. This silver can save lives, instead of collecting dust in a closet. That is why I decided to auction it to help sick children.”
On the other hand, she already knew the profound impact of disease as drastic as cancer.
After placing fourth during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games competitions, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a serious bone cell condition.
After undergoing surgery, she did not need chemotherapy and was able to continue training, culminating in her brilliant silver medal achievement.
In the competition, her javelin flew to a distance of 64.61 meters, surpassed by Shiying Liu, the Chinese athlete who won the gold medal after reaching 66.34 meters with her javelin.