THE SIMPSONS CREATOR SAM SIMON GIVING AWAY HIS FORTUNE AS HE IS DYING FROM CANCER – Being confronted by your own mortality for many is a horrific ordeal.
When the doctors finally give confirmation that there is nothing else they can do and that within months life will ebb away gives some people time to seriously reflect on what life has delivered and whether your passing will quickly be forgotten in the dusty halls of history.
For most people this realization is often met with deep regret; I suppose we all have them and often wonder in times of solitude with our thoughts as to whether we could have done better; that is maybe given more than we received or indeed the other way around.
The co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon, discovered recently that he is dying from colon cancer and yet despite months of chemotherapy the disease has now spread to his liver and kidneys which his doctors finally delivered the fateful message that there was nothing more they could do.
It was time to reflect, as so many do, but for Sam it was also a time to act and act before it was too late.
In 1991 Sam Simon, along with Matt Groening, the more notably famous of the two, created The Simpsons which was an instant hit with the public. Each new episode of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie was greeted with astounding viewing figures; in short The Simpons was a massive hit that would make both men wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.
Their relationship became turbulent over the next couple of years and in 1993 Simon called it a day and technically retired but retained copyright which was to reward him with tens of millions of dollars in royalties each year.
Sam Simon, now staring at the face of mortality, decided that with the little time remaining it was time to give back to the people.
His vast fortune ensures that his family is adequately taken care of but as for the rest of the money that is to be used in a foundation set up explicitly to help others and animals even after he has shuffled off his moral coil.
The idea is to ensure more homeless people are fed and to save animals from being put to death in animal shelters.
Simon has now successfully set up a Food Bank where the homeless in Los Angeles can eat for free. It order to retain an ethical and moral use of the Food Bank it is reported that only ‘cruelty-free’ vegan food is available.
In another act, this time to help animals, Simon has turned his Malibu home into a rescue centre for dogs with the remit of training these animals so that they can become helpful companions to deaf people.
Simon spoke with several members of the press to which he said that he really enjoyed what he was doing and that giving something back to the community was an extremely rewarding experience; especially when the results of such actions where quickly seen.
For the last couple of months Simon has undergone a lot of painful procedures and this has given him cause to reflect deeply on his life and the wealth he has accumulated.
For most of us we thankfully don’t know when our life will expire but for many cancer victims they are only too aware of the little time remaining and for Simon he intends to use that little time left in order to leave behind a lasting legacy that will help others and animals which he adores so much.
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