Even though the show The Simpsons has a very adult aimed humor the show is also famous for putting its own spin on hard truths too. So it is no surprise that when the show’s co-creator was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years, Sam Simon didn’t forget how to laugh. And how to take it serious.
In a recent NBC News interview with Maria Shriver he spoke of his condition: “Cancer is a horrible disease. I am struggling with it. It’s everything people tell you about. It’s a journey. It’s a fight. It’s tough. But if you want publicity and you want to pick up girls, cancer is the greatest thing in the world,” Simon said. “It’s been a fight. It’s been an adventure. It’s been an education. It’s been the most amazing experience of my life so far.”
After his initial diagnosis 2 years ago, the then 57-year-old decided he wanted to do some real good in the world. He decided to make sure the millions of dollars he’s accrued throughout his life would make a difference. He did this by creating the Sam Simon Foundation- aimed to see to the well-being of canines. He has also donated extensively to the Save the Children, Feeding Families-which provides 400 families with meals every day, and other PETA sponsored charities.
Despite what could be his very last months, Simon continues to feel blessed with all the support he’s received. “Somehow I ended up surrounded by people that love me and take care of me and will do anything for me. It’s a good feeling,” he said. “That’s called happiness.”
Like the show that swept a nation for generations, Sam Simon might come off as a little crude, a little inappropriate but still having a heart of gold despite an unsettling situation