This Tokyo Olympics javelin thrower auctioned her Tokyo silver medal to raise $190,000 for a toddler’s heart surgery

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Maria Andrejczyk, the Polish Olympian, auctioned her silver medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to raise $190,000 for a toddler's heart surgery.
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Maria Andrejczyk, the Polish Olympian, won the silver medal in the women’s javelin throw at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 25-year-old auctioned her silver medal to raise $190,000 for a toddler’s heart surgery. The name of the toddler is Miloszek Malysa, a polish child who will be going through heart surgery in the US.

Maria Andrejczyk: This Tokyo Olympics javelin thrower auctioned her Tokyo silver medal to raise $190,000 for a toddler's heart surgery | SportzPoint.com
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Right after recovering from bone cancer, she competed in the Tokyo Olympics. After recovering from cancer, she came second in the women’s javelin throw. Now she will be using her medal to help in the process of a toddler’s heart surgery.

On her Facebook page, Maria revealed that she will auction her silver medal privately to raise $190,000 for the toddler.

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“Miloszek has a serious heart defect, he needs an operation. He already has a head start from Kubus – a boy who didn’t make it in time but whose amazing parents decided to pass on the funds they collected. And in this way, I also want to help. It’s for him that I am auctioning my Olympic silver medal,” she said.

Her donation page is looking to accumulate over $380,000 (1.5 million Polish zloty) for Miloszek’s surgery.

Information from her social media:

She shared on her Instagram on Monday that a convenience store chain Zabka has won her auction. They have surpassed the $190,000 mark by Zabka’s donation and additional contributions. They insisted Maria keep her medal also.

The company tweeted, “We were moved by the beautiful and extremely noble gesture of our Olympian. We admire and we are glad that we were able to contribute.”

Till Tuesday, her fundraiser has reached the mark of $346,000 (1.35 million Polish zloty). And about $46,000 (155,000 Polish zloty) is left to be collected.

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