World champion and Paralympic winner Lê Văn Công (second right) gave all his auction money for Đoàn Thị Bích Hương. Photo tuoitre.vn
HÀ NỘI World champion and Paralympic winner Lê Văn Công has auctioned his power-lifting World Cup gold medal to help his neighbour's daughter fight liver cancer.
The VNĐ125 million (US$5,400) he received from Nguyễn Thiện, a real estate businessman, on Thursday was given for treatment for 16-year-old Đoàn Thị Bích Hương, his neighbour's daughter in Hóc Môn District, HCM City.
Hương was diagnosed with liver cancer in July. The 11th grader’s health has deteriorated and she is unable to move.
The auction accepted bids from October 21 until October 31 via Công’s Facebook page.
Hương’s mother, Vũ Thị Lài was very moved by Công’s action.
"I hope my daughter will have an extraordinary will like Công. She will fight her disease and overcome it,” said Lài.
Công is one of Viet Nam's most successful athletes with disabilities and is the world record-holder with a lift of 183.5kg in the men’s 49kg class. VNS