The “Success Kid” in This Famous Picture is Using His Fame to Save His Ill Father’s Life

National   |   Erin Parfet   |   Dec 9, 2016   |   3:24PM   |   Washington, DC

Often pro-life and anti-abortion become synonymous terms. While the pro-life message includes the anti-abortion position, pro-life is so much more than just that and transcends abortion to include valuing life at all stages.

“Success Kid,” for those unfamiliar with it, is an internet photo meme that shows a baby on the beach making a fist and looking determined. The meme is based on Sammy Griner, whose mom captured the moment on camera and posted it to Flickr in 2007. The image went viral, and thousands of people have captioned the photo in creative ways online.

Fast forward several years, and Sammy is now 10 years old. CNN reports the internet star does not really like being famous, but he is grateful for his famous picture for one reason – it helped him raise donations to pay for dialysis and an operation for his father.

Sammy’s father, Justin, suffered from complete renal failure, the Daily Mail reported, and as is typical for such a diagnosis, dialysis is one of the last hopes. The report states the family launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to help offset costs of the dialysis; but when people realized the money was being raised for the father of the “Success Kid,” upwards of $100,000 were donated within days. Justin underwent a kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic in August 2015, and the operation was a success, according to the report.

According to the New Statesman, Sammy is a normal child who enjoys skateboarding, drawing cartoons, and spending time with his friends. His motives seem to be altruistic care for his father’s life, neither propelled by money nor fame.

Sammy told the news outlet: “The only thing I’m happy for now with that picture is because it saved my dad from dying. He could’ve died so that’s the only time I’m happy – not when people say, ‘Oh, take a picture with me’. I’m just happy because I probably wouldn’t have a dad anymore.

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“When I was little I never thought it was a big deal, I never thought it would save my dad from dying. When I see a bunch of these commercials I’m like ‘Oh my gosh,” just from a baby holding a fist makes everybody happy,” he added.

Often the pro-life movement sees adults working to save a child’s life. It is sweet to see a child who cares enough about life to altruistically seek to save his father’s life.