Left to right: Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Sam Simon
Sam Simon was one of the founding fathers of The Simpsons. Today, he is two years in since being diagnosed with colon cancer when just recently he revealed that he'll be giving away his $100 million dollar fortune.
After leaving the Simpsons in 1993, Simon made a deal with FOX and Groening where he will be continually paid residuals from the show as well as receiving an Executive Producer credit, despite not working on the show at all. Since then, he has worked on other projects but became a millionaire throughout the years because of the animated series. And Simon feels now is the time to give back to animals in need and various organizations that support that cause.
When asked why he'd be giving his money away to animal charities, he replied saying, "A lot of it is selfish. 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. They're dependent on us for that and so I feel that it's my responsibility to speak for those who can't speak for themselves."
One can not only hope that Simon will be around for a lot longer, but also that he'll be saving some of that money for some people in need too. But maybe if you've been in the business as long as he has, animals are about the only thing he has faith in anymore. Who knows, people have their reasons.
Simon's love for animals had already existed for a while though. In 2011, he created the Sam Simon Foundation which has many services for animals in need as well as a free mobile spay/neuter clinic created in 2007.
After speaking with NBC News, Simon had this to say about his illness, "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."
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source: NY Daily News