Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, pictured center on Monday and in healthier times left and right, has described his terminal colon cancer the ‘most amazing experience of my life’, as he is surrounded by his loved ones and now donating his $100 million fortune to his passion – animal rights. Given three months to live in 2012, Simon immediately decided to team up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) president Ingrid Newkirk, and dedicate his time to paying for the rescue of maltreated animals, conservation and returning them to the wild.
Simon has no children and is not married so he wants to give his millions to causes he cares about. He was married to actress Jennifer Tilly in the 1980s but divorced in 1991 though they remain close.
Having already lived almost one year longer than doctors initially gave him, Simon told Maria Shriver that amazingly, his happiness was a direct result of his cancer diagnosis.
‘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.
‘Cancer has been a fight, a journey, an adventure and the most amazing experience of my life.’