My Hero Of The Week

Polish discus thrower, Piotr Malachowski, won a Silver Medal recently at the games in Rio. But it’s not what he did at the games that mattered, it’s what he did when he returned home.

Piotr heard about a three-year old boy suffering from a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma. The little boy needed surgery that could possibly save his life, but it cost 126,000.  Piotr immediately put his Silver Medal up for auction in hopes it would raise 84,000 for the surgery. A third of the money had already been raised by the Polish Foundation, Siepomaga.

The price of the medal had reached 19,000 when Piotr removed it. It seems two Polish billionaires, Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk agreed to purchase the medal for the remaining cost of the surgery.

I don’t know of a more important medal that was won at Rio and I don’t know of a more worthy participant.

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Let’s pray Piotr’s compassion and the generosity of everyone involved results in a happy and healthy life for this little boy.

God Bless them all.

 

45 thoughts on “My Hero Of The Week

  1. Ann Coleman

    Thanks for sharing this, George! I had not heard that story. And it is so nice to see someone using their Olympic accomplishments to help other people. I love watching the athletes, but have to admit that sometimes the “yeah for me, I won!” attitude just seems a bit shallow. But to win (or in this case place, which is quite an accomplishment) and then use that victory to do something so important for a child really is something to be proud of!!!

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    1. George Post author

      I was impressed with his generosity on this level also. When you consider how much time over the years he devoted to the sport and then to willingly surrender it so quickly, it tells me he has his priorities in order and understands what’s most important in life. Other athletes should take notice. Many athletes use their resources and fame to do good but not nearly enough. Good for him.

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  2. In My Cluttered Attic

    The material things of this world truly do not matter. We want them sure, and that’s great too. But in the end we’ll not be able to take them with us. Obviously Mr. Malachowski understands this all too well. Kind hearts really do beat on this planet, and his is indeed one of the best.

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    1. George Post author

      You’re right, Paul. I wish we heard more stories of human kindness. I’m sure they’re out there but they’re not as “newsworthy” as some of the other garbage people gravitate towards.

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      1. In My Cluttered Attic

        Sadly, the media has the impression that the public won’t appreciate hearing or reading something positive. I suppose it’s somewhat true that the public does perk up when some tragedy or deadly event occurs, but I also suspect people would rally around feel good stories like this, if they were showcased more often than they are now. :O)

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