Sam Simon, Simpsons Co-Creator, Donating Entire Fortune to Charity While Battling Terminal Cancer

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Sam Simon is giving back in a big way. The Simpsons co-creator is donating his entire fortune to charity as he fights terminal colon cancer.

The 58-year-old nine-time Emmy-winning writer and producer confirmed May 16 that he was given the prognosis of three to six months to live.

As a result, he will donate all of his royalties - "tens of millions" annually - to charity.

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"I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don't feel like it is an obligation," Simon told THR. "The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending."

"Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this."

"There is stuff happening, really good stuff, every week," Simon, who has had surgery and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, added.

Simon co-created the hit series 25 years ago alongside cartoonist Matt Groening.

He is using his wealth to help shut down roadside zoos and abusive animal shows, fund a dog-rescue haven in Malibu and fight hunger, among other things.

This isn't a new thing for him, either.

His past contributions include founding the Malibu-based Sam Simon Foundation (worth nearly $23 million as of 2011) that rescues hungry and stray dogs.

His other favorite charities include PETA (which named its Norfolk, Va., headquarters the Sam Simon Center) and the international Save the Children foundation.

He has also been a major backer of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a global marine conservation organization.

Pretty inspiring guy and story, right?

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