This kid used his internet meme fame in the best way possible
Memes have taken over the internet over the last 6 six years. There have been many memes that have caught the eye of internet users like the overly attached girlfriend, overly attractive guy and one of the first memes was the success kid. It featured a cute kid on the beach with his fist up in an accomplishing position. That kid was Sam Griner and after 5 years of that iconic photo, he used his fame to help out a beloved one from a big problem. Read on to find out what and how he did it.
1 The famous internet meme
All of us have used this meme at one point of time on internet. It is usually used to signify when someone does something successful despite some obstacle in between. Actually the kid in the photo is Sam Griner. The said photo was clicked when the family was on vacation on a beach and Sam’s mother caught him eating send and took the now iconic shot which was then turned into a meme. This all happened way back in 2007, when his mother posted the image on Flickr and the single image spurned a meme which became a big thing. Unfortunately, Sam’s father was on dialysis as the popularity of the meme began and was advised to go for kidney transplant by his doctors. He was on dialysis since 2010 and as Sam’s mother said that being on dialysis for six years had left Justin too weak to work. Read on to find out how the family got help thanks to Sam’s success kid meme.
2 How he used to help his family member?
The family put up a GoFundMe page in order to ask for financial help from people. They had set a goal of $75,000 for the medical assistance of Justin and Sam himself appealed to the public to help them out. The public responded in huge numbers and they were able to raise more than $100,000 for Justin’s medical treatment. They also used the GoFundMe page in order to find a live matching donor for Justin as such donors have more chance of having matching tissues and a more healthy kidney to donate. None of the family members had the matching tissues to Justin’s kidney tissue. Finally a donor was met and Justin underwent the transplant and is now successfully recovering at home. “We’re the parents of ‘Success Kid’ for goodness’ sake,” Ms Griner told the news site. “If anyone understands the power, the mass, and goodwill of the internet, it’s those of us lucky to experience it daily.”