Aug. 18 2021 An athlete from Poland recently auctioned off a medal she had just won at the Tokyo Olympics to help a baby pay for heart surgery. However, the winning bidder has said she will keep the medal.
The Polish athlete’s name is Maria Andrejczyk, 25, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. Andrejczyk, a javelin athlete, won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics and hopes to help others in some way. After learning on social media that an eight-month-old baby was raising money for heart surgery, she decided to auction off her medal and donate the proceeds to the baby’s family.
In the end, a Polish convenience store company won the bid for $125,000, and said on social media that it would keep Andrejczyk with the medal. As of August 17, the baby’s fundraising goals had reached more than 90 percent.
Andrejczyk finished fourth in the javelin competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics, several media reported. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 but has since returned to the field and won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.