When Sammy Griner was just 11 months old, he went on a beach trip with his parents. At the time, they had no idea that this trip, and the photos they took on it, would eventually be known by everyone across the worldwide web.
Sammy is the kid from the infamous Success Kid meme.
He’s now ten years old, but the meme has yet to die – perhaps because the Internet has now also discovered that he is the epitome of a success.
Because of Sammy’s popularity as a meme, he was able to earn his family enough money to fund his dad’s kidney transplant back in 2012.
Back in 2006, Sammy’s father, Justin, suffered from a kidney failure. After years of dialysis, the family learned that Justin would need a kidney replacement to survive.
Mother, Laney, immediately set up a GoFundMe page, asking for donations from anyone who was able to contribute to their $75k goal. She mentioned nothing about her son being Success Kid.
But even with Laney’s lack of context, people very quickly realized that Justin and Laney were Sammy’s parents – and then the donations started flooding in.
They raised over $101k in just two days.
All of the money went toward Justin’s replacement surgery, and now, the family is doing well together.
As for Sammy, he admittedly doesn’t care much about posing with strangers and taking photos in the same Success Kid pose that he stood in years ago. None of this fame has gone to his head at all.
"I don't want to be shown on TV unless it's like just the picture," he explained. “I’m really happy that I'm famous because I'm glad that people like it. I'm glad it makes people happy when they're sad. I'm also really happy that I still have a dad.”
The meme title couldn’t have been more accurate. This kid is undoubtedly a success.