Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has described his experience with colon cancer as the “most amazing experience” of his life.
Simon was diagnosed in 2012 and given three months to live. He teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) when he heard the news and has donated much of his $100 million savings to animal rights, according to The Daily Mail.
“I will say that the doctor said, 'I can't cure you, but my job is to keep you alive. And he has done a remarkable job of it,” he told NBC's Maria Shriver Project. “Cancer is a horrible disease. I am struggling with it. It's everything that everybody always tells you. It's a journey, it's a fight. But, if you want publicity and you want to pick up girls, then cancer is the greatest thing in the world."
Simon believes cancer receives much of the credit for his new found happiness in life.
"Somehow I ended up surrounded by people who love me and take care of me and will do anything for me. That is called happiness. I think I may have had a problem letting it in before,” he told NBC.
The 58-year-old, who is now in the last few weeks of his life, is spending most of his days feeding the homeless and making sure animals don’t get killed at shelters, according to The Daily Mail.
“I get to watch these animals that have been in concrete bunkers their whole lives take their first step on grass,” he told NBC. “It gives me something to look forward.”
"I feel it is my responsibility to speak for those who can't speak for themselves,” he said to NBC as to why he feels so strongly about animal rights.
Simon has no children and is not married. He divorced from actress Jennifer Tilly in 1991. Simon created the hit cartoon alongside Matt Groening in 1991. He retired from the show in 1993.