The Simpsons creator Sam Simon was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, and doctors told him he only had three to six months to live. Two years later, and Simon is still alive and battling cancer, but he’s not wasting any time.
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After developing one of the most popular television series of all time, plus working on Cheers and Taxi, Simon’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million. Simon says “The truth is, I have more money than I’m interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of.” So what does he plan to do with the rest of his fortune?
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The Sam Simon Foundation for stray dogs, the Sam Simon Foundation Feeding Families program, Save the Children, PETA, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are just a few examples of nonprofits that Sam Simon started or heavily supports.
His foundation for stray canines saves dogs from being euthanized, trains them, gets them adopted, and sets them up to be service dogs for veterans. The feeding families program feeds about 400 families in LA everyday. The impact he’s made on the local and global community is of incredible proportions.
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Earlier this year, Simon bought a fur farm and saved 400 chinchillas
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He’s already arranged for his money to be donated among charities he’s passionate about. Sam’s focus has mainly been towards animal rights; speaking up for those that can’t speak for themselves. Seeing results immediately after donating, like watching a bear take its first steps in the wild, is the ultimate joy for Simon.
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Though his diagnosis was shocking and incredibly scary, Simon’s doctor has kept him alive and as healthy as he can be with his illness. Simon proves that attitude is everything, saying that he’s never been happier because he’s “surrounded by people that love me and take care of me and would do anything for me. That’s called happiness.”This incredible man is enjoying every second of life that he has left and making it count.
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