The child from the “Success Kid” meme is eight-years-old!
He is best known for a photo taken of him as a toddler where he appears to be eating sand (look really closely… he’s got sand on and in his mouth along with a fist full of sand)! However, the focus of the photo is a clenched fist that works well with overlaid text of people’s success stories. He’s all over Reddit’s /r/AdviceAnimals and similar forums. He’s even been used in print adverts to represent success.
Now he’s a little older and he’s using his Internet fame for a worthwhile cause: fundraising.
Success kid’s real name is Sammy Griner. His father, Justin Griner, 39, needs a kidney. Justin was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2006. He had full kidney failure in 2009. He’s been on dialysis ever since.
“One can only survive with no natural kidney function and using article kidney filtering for so long,” Sammy’s mother, Laney, tells the DailyDot. “[Justin’s] energy and mood are affected, he can no longer work, and he spends 12 hours a week in dialysis clinic. Having been on dialysis for this long greatly increases his risks of developing complications. The only way to save his life is to get a transplant.”
Laney started this GoFundMe with the aim of raising $73,000. They’ve smashed that and raised $86,000 from 4,100 people in 7 days. Her page says:
Justin is a 39 year old father of one in need of a kidney transplant.
Please help us reach our goal so that Justin may get the pre-treatments and transplant he desperately needs. His mother died from this disease, please help us write a different story for Justin and his son, Sam.
Thank you for your consideration and for any help you can provide to help our family reach this goal.
When pressed about the costs, Laney explained further that although dialysis and the transplant are covered by Medicare, additional treatment and associated costs are often out of pocket. “There’s a lot of medicines and anti-rejection drugs one must take for life, some costing thousands of dollars a month,” she reveals. “Medicare pays for the first three months and that’s it.”
“We’ve had several friends and family offer and get tested to be donors, but no match so far,” Laney continues. She is hoping a stranger will come forward and prove to be a match. “We certainly prefer a living donor because the prognosis seems to be much better. Getting on a list for a cadaver donor can take five years or more. We’re certainly not opposed, but, obviously, the sooner the better for us all.”
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