If you spend much time online, you’ve probably seen “success kid.” In 2010, a photo of a baby with a balled-up fist went viral and has since inspired countless memes. But who is he in real life?
The so-called “success kid,” aka Sammy Griner, is now 10 years old. He’s been called the “face that launched a million memes,” but despite his internet fame, Sammy’s just a regular kid. He’s never had any interest in pursuing the limelight. That is, until his famous face gave him the opportunity to save his father’s life.
One year before Sammy’s photo went viral, his father, Justin Griner, suffered total kidney failure. From that day forward, Justin was on dialysis, but in 2012, doctors gave the family some startling news. Justin needed a kidney transplant.