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Polish Olympian Auctions Silver Medal To Help Sick Child

Silver medalist Maria Andrejczyk of Team Poland stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Javelin Throw on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An Olympic athlete from Poland auctioned her silver medal from the Tokyo Games to raise money for a life-saving operation for an infant boy and then was told by the buyer that she could keep her prize.

Maria Andrejczyk is a 25-year-old javelin thrower who overcame bone cancer and a shoulder injury to compete at this year’s Olympics.

She says she decided to auction her medal to help the boy knowing how much she had to “fight against adversity and pain.”

The money is for Milosz Malysa.

He is an infant with a heart defect whose family has been raising funds for him to be operated on in the United States.