Give back to your memes
Chances are if you've been on the internet lately, you've probably come across Success Kid, the meme of a cute baby wearing a triumphant expression and making a fist for the camera. These days, that kid--named Sammy Griner--is eight-years-old, and his dad is taking to social media to raise money for a kidney transplant.
Justin Griner, 39, discovered his kidneys were failing before Sammy was born and now spends four hours a day, three days a week undergoing dialysis. This week, Sammy's mother, Laney Griner, lauched a GoFundMe page to find a living donor and help raise money toward the cost of the transplant. Although Medicare will cover 80% of the bill, the Griners still need to front about $12,000 a year for drugs alone.
Thanks to Success Kid's popularity, the crowdfunding campaign has already raised more than $9,000, pulling in nearly 300 unique backers in five days. "It's just all been really amazing," Laney told ABC News. "It never stops being weird, and it never stops being awesome."
Success Kid first became a thing in 2010, when the image Laney had posted on Flickr three years earlier morphed into a full-on viral phenomenon. There's even this.