We want to share an inspirational story about Sam Simon, the co-creator of “The Simpsons” who is responding to his terminal colon cancer diagnosis by donating his entire fortune to charity.
After Simon was told he had 3 to 6 months to live in 2011, he founded the Sam Simon Foundation, a multi-platform charitable organization that channels money to causes he believes in.
“In the hospital, right after [surgery], I realized I had to start making plans,” said Simon who said he never thought he would make millions of dollars off royalties from “The Simpsons.”
Every year since his diagnosis, the scope of The Simon Foundation has grown, from rescuing animals from kill shelters and training them to be service dogs for veterans to a mobile veterinary clinic, which offers free surgery, spay and neuter services.
The Simon Foundation is also a food bank that offers free meals to hundreds of Los Angeles based families a week. “We’re on track to distribute over a half-million pounds of food to more than 65,000 people this year,” said a spokesperson for Simon’s Feeding Families program.
Simon has other causes as well. He is the largest individual donor to Save the Children program, which just announced a new global philanthropic community called the Simon Society, and is such a larger contributor to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) that they recently named their headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia after him.
Though Simon played a leading role in his television career, he prefers to stay behind-the-scenes with his philanthropic work. “I was never that hands-on with any of it. I’ve just been fortunate to find great people to run things,” Simon said. “One of the pleasures of the foundation is hanging out with the people because they are some of the nicest people in my life.”
When asked what motivates Simon to spend his final days being so generous, he said, “One thing is I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don’t feel like it is an obligation.”
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