Olympian auctions off Tokyo 2020 medal to fund 8-month-old boy's heart surgery

Convenience store had the highest bid.

Faris Alfiq | August 20, 2021, 03:24 PM

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Polish silver medalist in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics auctioned off her medal to help fund for a baby's heart surgery.

On her Facebook, Maria Magdalena Andrejczyk said that she would auction off her medal.

She added that all proceeds from the auction will be channeled to an operation for an 8-month-old named Miloszek Malysa.

According to NPR , the baby boy is currently under home hospice and requires an urgent operation at Stanford in the United States.

A fundraiser page mentioned that the boy suffers from Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC). 

Andrejczyk said that she was working with the boy's mother as well as her manager on how to effectively raise money to fund the baby's operations in the U.S.

As of Aug. 20, the fundraiser managed to raise 1,505,278 PLN (about S$523,000).

Convenience store won highest bid, let her keep the medal

A Polish convenience store chain, Zabka, placed the highest bid, US$125,000 (S$170,000), on the javelin thrower's silver medal, NPR reported.

Andrejczyk subsequently announced on Aug. 16 that Zabka won winning bid.

However, the chain mentioned that they would let Andrejczyk keep the silver medal.

The company said in its Facebook that they "were moved by the beautiful and extremely noble gesture of our Olympian," the company translated from Polish as quoted by NPR.

They added, "we also decided that the silver medal from Tokyo will remain with  Maria, who showed how great she is."

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