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Sam Simon: ‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Gives Away Fortune After Cancer Diagnosis

Tue, November 11, 2014 2:00pm EDT by Lauren Cox 2 Comments
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This is one way to turn tragedy into triumph. Once his terminal cancer takes his life, Sam Simon, the co-creator of ‘The Simpsons,’ will donate his millions to help animals, feed families in need, and so much more.

Sam Simon, 59, has lived over two years longer than he was expected to when doctors found terminal cancer inside his colon. Now, he wants to bring a more fortunate future to helpless animals, suffering families, and people in need of service dogs by donating his entire fortune to multiple organizations once he dies.

Sam Simon’s Terminal Cancer: ‘The Simpsons’ Co-Creator Donating Fortune

What a beautiful gesture.

When Sam was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012, he made a very important decision to donate his fortune from co-creating The Simpsons to different charities.

Now, two years after he beat the original 3-6 month life sentence delivered by doctors, Sam is keeping his word. He has even revealed which organizations will be receiving his millions of dollars, and why.

“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 recently told Maria Shriver in an interview, reports TIME magazine.

During his lifetime, Sam has already put a lot of his money into the Sam Simon Foundation — an organization created to help feed families in need and provide service dogs for veterans.

Despite his struggle with terminal cancer, Sam is in incredibly good spirits. He even told Maria during the interview that he is the happiest he has ever been in his life, which is a truly remarkable statement to make considering he already knows his fate.

“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,” he explained.

Sam is definitely a very brave man, and he will certainly leave his mark on the world after he passes. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.

— Lauren Cox

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