Five months ago, Sam Simon, co-creator of the “Simpsons,” was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. Given the prognosis of three to six months to live, Simon is planning on giving all his income from the popular show — which he said amounts to “tens of millions” — to charity.
Simon, 58, is no newcomer to philanthropy, as he has become known for his charitable giving since he left the “Simpsons” in 1993.
His contributions include founding the Malibu-based Sam Simon Foundation that rescues the hungry humans — who are fed with with vegan foods only — and stray dogs. He has also made considerable donations to PETA, international nonprofit Save the Children and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a global marine conservation organization, reports The Hollywood Reporter. He also turned a spread in Malibu into a dog rescue center that takes dogs from kill shelters and trains them as companions for the deaf.
“I have more money than I'm interested in spending,” Simon told THR during an interview. “Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy [giving to charity] … I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don't feel like it is an obligation.”
When asked about why Simon chooses to give so much to animal rights charities, he responded, “One of the things about animal rights, which is not the only thing that I care about in this world, is that your money can bring success. I see results. There is stuff happening, really good stuff, every week. I'm not sure you get that with a lot of disease charities.”
Before his time is up, Simon plans on doing all he can to expand his foundation.
“We do a day in our mobile clinic where we do dog and cat surgeries for free except complicated procedures,” he said. “For the first nine months, we couldn't fill up the truck. But now it's a huge success. It just took a while for the community to find out about it. And now I think we're going to add another day for free surgeries. The Sam Simon Foundation is going to be very well endowed, and there's a lot of stuff I want them to do.”
Source/Photo: The Hollywood Reporter