Polish Olympian auctions silver medal to raise money for infant’s heart surgery, wins social media praise


25-year-old javelin thrower, Maria Andrzejski, decided to sell her medal to arrange the emergency funds needed for 8-month-old Miloszek Malissa, who has a serious heart condition.

Polish Olympian auctions silver medal to raise money for infant's heart surgery, wins social media praise

Maria Andrzycz, who overcame bone cancer and a shoulder injury to compete at this year’s Olympics, said she decided to auction off her medals to help the child learn that she was “overcoming adversity and pain”. How much is fighting? AP

Winning a medal in the Olympics is the dream of every athlete. Athletes sacrifice many things in their lives to get a chance to compete and win in the Olympics. But only a few can sacrifice that dream for someone else.

Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejic has auctioned off the silver medal she won at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to help pay for an eight-month-old baby’s heart surgery.

The 25-year-old Olympian decided to auction off her medal to raise funds for Miloszek Masia, who suffers from a serious heart defect.

Talking about Melissa’s situation, Andrejic said, “It didn’t take me long to decide”. She said that “it was the first fundraiser I entered and I knew it was right.”

The athlete stated that the real value of the medal “always resides in the heart”.

Andrejczyk’s warm gesture Has won the hearts of the people. Several social media users praised the player for giving up her medal for this noble cause, with many calling her a “real-life heroine”.

The medal was purchased by Polish supermarket chain Zabka Polska with a bid of $125,000. The Olympian later thanked the company in an Instagram post.

The supermarket chain was so impressed by Andrejczyk’s decision to sell his medal that he decided to return it.

The Malaysian family had created a fundraising page to raise money for the child’s surgery, with a goal of 1.5 million Polish zloty. Surgery on the child has been refused by many hospitals in Europe due to the complex nature of the case. The family hopes the child can be treated at Stanford University Medical Center.

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