'The Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon Donating His Fortune to Charity After Cancer Diagnosis
This will without a doubt bring tears to your eyes. In a new interview with NBC News, The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon revealed that he plans to donate his whole, multimillion dollar fortune to charity, after he received a diagnosis of terminal colon cancer. Simon opened up to NBC's Maria Shriver about the decision during the recent interview, as well as the cancer diagnosis itself — calling the experience "the most amazing" of his life.
"Somehow I ended up surrounded by people that love me and care for me and will do anything for me. It's a good feeling," Simon explained to Shriver, recalling when he received his diagnosis in 2012. "That's called happiness."
Simon was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012, during which time he was given only three to five months to live. Now, two years later, the 59-year-old announced his plans to donate his fortune to "several" charities, including PETA, Save the Children, and Feeding Families.
It's a heartbreaking situation, but one that Simon is content with. "A lot of it is selfish," he explained. "I get to watch these animals that have been in concrete bunkers their whole life, I get to watch them take their first steps on grass, I get to fly my friends out." As for why he made the decision to donate his fortune, Simon added: "[The animals are] dependent on us for that and so I feel that it's my responsibility to speak for those who can't speak for themselves."
You can watch Simon's full interview with Shriver here, at NBC News.