Olympian sells medal to fund child's cancer treatment

Silver medalist Piotr Malachowski decided to auction off his medal after learning about a little boy's battle with eye cancer.

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  • "For an athlete, to win an Olympic medal is a dream come true," Piotr Malachowski wrote in a viral Facebook post
  • The Polish athlete wants to help a boy come to the US for cancer treatment

(CNN)For an athlete, an Olympic medal is a priceless possession.

But for Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, his winning medal may be an opportunity for something bigger.
    Malachowski took home a silver medal during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but he didn't hold on to it for long. The athlete auctioned off his award this week to help a cancer-stricken boy.
    The money raised from the auction will go toward funding treatment for 3-year-old Olek's eye cancer.
    "For an athlete, to win an Olympic medal is a dream come true... however, fate has given me a chance to increase the value of my silver," he wrote in Polish on his Facebook page.