One of the co-creators of “The Simpsons” opened up about his terminal cancer diagnosis, calling his battle with cancer “the most amazing experience of my life,” The Washington Post reports.
Sam Simon, who has been giving away much of his $100 million personal fortune since being diagnosed with cancer, talked about his experiences in an interview with NBC News’ Maria Shriver.
“Cancer has been a fight,” Simon, who is bald from chemotherapy, told Shriver. “It’s been an adventure. It’s been an education. It’s been the most amazing experience of my life.”
Simon was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, and was given three months to live. He told Shriver he asked whether the cancer was curable. “And the doctor goes, ‘We don’t use that word. I will say that I can’t cure you, but I can keep you alive.’ He’s done a remarkable job. I’ve never been happier,” Simon said.
While Simon doesn’t drive anymore, or write much, he has been focused on giving away his fortune. Last year, he told The Hollywood Reporter, “I am getting buildings named after me and awards and stuff. 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.”
Simon has been putting money into his Sam Simon Foundation, which provides assistance dogs for the disabled and for veterans suffering from PTSD.
Here’s an interview clip: