‘The Simpsons’ Co-Creator Sam Simon to Leave $100 Million Fortune to Charity [VIDEO]
Sam Simon, best known as a co-creator of 'The Simpsons,' was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012. Although he was said to only have three to six months left to live, he's still alive two years later. In those two years, Sam has used the time he has left to do a very admirable thing: He's set things up in such a way that ensures the majority of the enormous fortune he has amassed over the years will go toward charities that he supports.
Time reports that many of the charities he'll be leaving money to deal with animals and animal rights and the Sam Simon Foundation, which aids families who need food as well as providing service dogs to veterans.
In an interview with Maria Shriver (posted above), Sam says: "I think that my passion for the animals and against animal abuse is based on the knowledge that these creatures who feel and think can’t speak for themselves and they’re dependent on us for that. And so I feel it’s my responsibility to speak for those that can’t speak for themselves.”
He goes as far as to say what he's doing is selfish, because he takes so much joy in being able to see animals who have been in concrete cages their entire lives take their first steps of freedom.
Despite his terminal status, Sam has remained incredibly positive and hopeful throughout his battle with cancer, saying: "Somehow, I ended up surrounded by people that love me and take care of me and will do anything for me. It’s a good feeling. That’s called happiness.”
We commend Sam on both his positive attitude and the selflessness with which he's displayed during such a difficult time.