July 29th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
"The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon sees "tens of millions" in royalties from the long-running series each year, and he's making it his mission to give nearly all of it away.
Simon, who was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer five months ago, confirmed during a “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast in May that he was initially given three to six months to live.
While he's focused on treatment - "I have great doctors and I plan on beating the cancer!" Simon tweeted July 26 - he's also going all out in his efforts to see his fortune used for good.
“Truth is, I have more money than I’m interested in spending,” Simon the Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone in my family is taken care of and I enjoy this.”
As THR notes, Simon has long dabbled in philanthropy work. His charitable contributions include founding the Malibu-based Sam Simon Foundation, which offers vegan food to the hungry and rescues stray dogs. He also donates to PETA, which named its Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters the "Sam Simon Center.”
The Emmy-winning writer/producer also supports the international nonprofit Save the Children and the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, a global marine conservation organization.
Simon is still working half a day a week consulting for the FX comedy “Anger Management,” and continues his radio show on RadioIO.com.
Jennifer Tilly, one of Simon’s ex-wives, told THR that Simon “really does have a passion to survive, and the longer he’s on the earth, the more good work he can do.”
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