Terminally ill Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon is donating his $100 million fortune to various charities. Is it amazing? Or a bit too generous?
Simon doesn’t think so. "A lot of it is selfish," he says. "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."
He is no ordinary guy. The 59-year-old Hollywood producer and director was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012. And now with only months left to live, he calls his cancer "the most amazing experience of my 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. That's called happiness," he said in an interview.
He may feel dragged down by his illness at times but that doesn’t stop him from cracking jokes about it. "Cancer is a horrible disease. I'm struggling with it. It's a journey, it's a fight, it's tough," he told NBC, "but if you want publicity and if you want to pick up girls, cancer is the greatest thing in the world."
He's donating his fortune to various organizations including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Save the Children and Feeding Families.
What’s more, his nonprofit organization The Sam Simon Foundation has been offering free vegan food to those in need in Los Angeles County since 2011 as well as a free mobile spay/neuter clinic for pet owners since 2007.
He recently gave ABC News-Univision startup network Fusion access to the final months of his life for a documentary.
“Sam Simon is a singular figure. Our hope is to pay tribute to his life and career while also sparking an important conversation about animal rights and empowering young people to be a catalyst for change,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said.
Indeed, here is a man who must be admired not only for the way he lived but also for the way he aspires to die.