Success Kid's Dad Needs a Kidney Transplant

Father of child in popular meme hoping for kidney transplant.

— -- If you've spent any time on the Internet in the past few years, you've come across the Success Kid meme, featuring a baby making a fist and a victory face.

"Six years on dialysis is getting to be a long time," Griner said. "It's wearing on him. ... I just want to get him healthy."

Although Griner said she considered using the Success Kid meme, she decided against it to make the project purely about her husband. But she says without the Success Kid Meme, the fundraiser probably wouldn't have been able to pull in nearly 300 donors in five days.

Griner said she took the original photo of Sammy when he was 11 months old during a day at the beach. Although he looks super-satisfied with himself, baby Sammy was actually about to shove a fist of sand into his mouth, she said.

She put it on her Flickr page in 2007, and two years later noticed that it was cropping up as an I Hate Sandcastles meme, which she didn't like because Sammy looked like a bully. By 2010, it had morphed into Success Kid, and she loved it.

From there, the family was invited to participate in a Comic Con-like conference for Internet celebrities, like the David After Dentist child. She said she’s used to adults telling her that her son is their desktop screen saver.

"By now, it's just out there. What am I going to do? At least it’s positive," she said. "Without that happening, how much could I get this recognition about my husband's kidney transplant?"