"I have never been happier," said The Simpsons co-creator, Sam Simon, who was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and only given three months to live in 2012.
Simon is unusually upbeat about his deadly disease — and in what may be his final days, he vows to donate his $100 million to animal rights. After teaming up with PETA, the philanthropist has been dedicating his time to the rescue of maltreated animals and conservation. PETA honored him by naming their headquarters after him, The Sam Simon Center.
"The thing about animals that speaks to me so much is that my passion for the animals and against animal abuse is based on the knowledge that these creatures which think and feel can't speak for themselves," he said. "I feel it is my responsibility to speak for those who can't speak for themselves."
He also created the Sam Simon Foundation, which rescues stray dogs and trains them for disabled veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), as well as individuals with hearing loss or brain injuries.
When asked what change he hopes to see in the world, he replied, "Less suffering."
"Somehow I ended up surrounded by people who love me and take care of me and will do anything for me. That is called happiness. I think I may have had a problem letting it in before," he said. "Cancer has been a fight, a journey, an adventure and the most amazing experience of my life."