Sam Simon, co-creator of “The Simpsons” just passed away after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012. Before his passing, he worked with several animals rights organizations.

Elite Daily – In 2012, when he was diagnosed, he was told he only had around three months to live. Most people would likely turn inward after receiving such devastating news, but Simon did the complete opposite.

Not long after his diagnosis, Simon decided he would donate his entire $100 million fortune to charity.

He focused primarily on donating and bringing awareness to a cause he had always felt extremely passionate about: animal rights.

Before he died, he worked tirelessly with PETA while also establishing the Sam Simon Foundation, which helps train service dogs.

While most people see cancer as inherently negative, Simon argued that it was one of the best things that ever happened to him. It gave him a purpose in life and allowed him to foster deeper connections with other people.

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