- "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.
After the competition, Olek's mother reached out to the Olympian, asking if Malachowski could help her son. For two years, the young boy has been fighting retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer that typically affects children.