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Ailing 'Simpsons' Co-Creator Earns Praise for Giving

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Talk about leaving a legacy. Sam Simon has served as the showrunner of Taxi, written and produced for Cheers, and co-created The Simpsons. And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 58-year-old TV veteran offered details on how he’s giving his huge Simpsons fortune away to various charities even as he’s battling terminal colon cancer. ”I have more money than I’m interested in spending,” he said. ”Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this.” His story got picked up widely online and on news shows such as NBC’s Today, shining a light on his vast contributions to organizations like PETA, Save the Children, and his own Sam Simon Foundation, which benefits the hungry and dogs in need of rescue. And despite the dire prognosis, Simon fully intends to keep enjoying his philanthropy as long as he can, taking to Twitter July 26 to say: ”I have great doctors and I plan on beating the cancer!”

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