Incredible Facts: Know Sammy Griner a.k.a ‘The Success Kid’ who financed his Father’s therapy

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Incredible Facts The Success Kid who financed his Father’s therapy

Every single internet user would come across the above image of a kid clasping his fists with a strong-willed look on his face, he is Sammy Griner popularly known as the Success Kid. The Kid’s popularity across the digital media helped his family receive funds through donations for curing his father’s ailment.

The popularity of the kid started when his mother, Laney Griner uploaded a photo of his son to Flickr in 2007. The image gained popularity with Memes called “I Hate Sandcastles” which ultimately transformed into Success Kid Meme during the course of time. According to Laney, the photo was shot when Sammy was trying to eat sand (You could see Sammy grasping sand with his fists).

Advertisement

Incredible Facts The Success Kid who financed his Father’s therapy ; Grown Up; Now and Then

The popularity of the image and subsequent approach by corporate to utilize the image prompted Laney to license the image.  In 2013, she hired Ben Lashes, a “Meme Manager” representing her son and his likeness. This lead to deals with various firms utilizing Sammy’s image, most notably with Virgin Mobiles and Hot Topic.

In 2015, a GoFundMe campaign was initiated by Laney for paying Sammy’s father, her husband Justin Griner’s Kidney Transplant. Prior to Sammy’s birth, Justin was diagnosed with Kidney failure and needed dialysis for four hours a day, three days a week. Initially reluctant to link Sammy, Laney finally employed Sammy’s popularity for the campaign and later admitted they wouldn’t have received such a huge volume of donations without their son’s presence.

Incredible Facts The Success Kid who financed his Father’s therapy; Sammy with his father Justin Griner

With a goal of $ 75,000, the campaign raised $9,000 during the first 5 days and ultimately ended up raising $ 93,000 from 4,496 people. As per reports, the family is looking for a living or a dead donor to initiate the transplant.

IMAGE COURTESY: Verge | Lolsnaps | Pulptastic (As per article’s sequence)

Advertisement

More Articles for You

How to Get Lot of Exposure in Photography Field – Tips and Tricks

Seeing is more important than hearing. However, a good photography will explore the subject regarding place, person, location and thing. …

Expose Your Brand in Storytelling – Pros and Cons of Essential Elements

Storytelling is a technique in which we try to connect the customers through some sort of emotions. It is widely …

4 Investment Options that’ll Help You Reach Zero -Tax Income Level

The Budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 announced on 1st February 2019, declared a full tax rebate for incomes up …

How to Generate Income during Retirement

Retirement is truly the golden period of your life. This is the time when you are finally free from all …

Painting with sparklers fireworks – Behind the lens

Painting a picture with the sparklers is very interesting and fun work. At the same time, it teaches you a …

Beginners guide to design creative posters for freelance business

A poster is an informative creative design concept. It a combination of brilliant idea with a great aesthetic which could …