Qualifying for the Olympics is a win in itself. Being able to represent your country after training your ass off, practicing for perfection, and mastering razor sharp focus would make anyone feel on top of the world. The cherry on top of this incredible feat? Winning one of the most coveted medals in the world.
Piotr Malachowski is the 33-year-old Polish discus thrower that made it to the 2016 Rio Olympics with a dream like everyone else: make his country proud.
He came in second place, winning the silver medal for himself and for the people of Poland.
German discus thrower, Christoph Harting, took the epic first place with a distance throw of 68.37m while Malachowski's was at 67.55m.
You would think that Malachowski would take some time off, relax, and enjoy that well-deserved silver medal but instead he went to work.
And not the work you might think. You see, as soon as he returned home he put his precious medal up for auction.
But the auction wasn't intended to make a quick buck for his own pocket, think again. This incredible Olympian wanted to raise enough money to help a 3-year-old boy with retinoblastoma — a rare, malignant form of eye cancer.
A translation from a portion of his post will make you run and grab a box of tissues.
"In Rio, I fought for the gold. Today I ask everyone - let's fight together about something that is even more precious."
People have been inspired by the Olympian's selflessness and are praising him for this beautiful act of kindness.
According to ESPN, the price of the medal was at about $19,000 on the auction site before it was taken down on Tuesday (August 23).
Malachowski was looking to raise $84,000 of the boy’s total $126,000 bill.A third of the money was already taken into account as the Polish foundation, Siepomaga, had already raised it on their end.