Sammy Griner’s dad needs a kidney transplant. His family is hoping his Internet fame will help him find one.
Sammy, now 8, rose to Internet stardom in 2010 when a 2007 photo of him, then 11 months old, was turned into the “Success Kid” meme.
“I just wanted this perfect shot of him sitting there but he kept grabbing fistfuls of sand, and at that age, everything goes in their mouth,” Sammy’s mother, Laney, told TODAY.com. “So it looks like, ‘Yes, victory!’ but it’s actually a baby eating sand.”
To date, the Jacksonville, Florida, family has raised more than $84,000.
“We are just floored by the reaction,” Laney, told BuzzFeed News. “I know Success Kid is a popular meme, but around here he’s just our 8-year-old son, Sam. It’s amazing seeing what broad, worldwide appeal his image has, even so many years later.”
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