The world lost a compassionate human being last night, one who dedicated much of his time to advocate for animals. We say good bye to Simpson’s co-creator and vegan, Sam Simon who passed away after battling with terminal colon cancer for two years. Simon was first diagnosed in 2012 and was given three to six months to live. He of course, fought it for another two years to the age of 59.
Most incredible, was the fact that he was responsible for the alleviation of hundreds of animals from suffering since 2002. In the same year, he funded millions of dollars to the Sam Simon Foundation which works to rescue and retrain stray dogs facing euthanization as service dogs for people with disabilities – mostly for those who are deaf. The Foundation also provides various other services such as free mobile spay and neutering service for lower-income pet owners, free operations for ill dogs and training for some as therapy dogs for soldiers who suffer from PTSD.
In 2011, Sam started the Sam Simon Foundation Feeding Families Program which is a vegan food bank that provides food to needy families. A year later, Simon donated to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society allowing the organization to purchase a new ship for their fleet. Needless to say, the ship was named in his honor.
It was in episode 389 of WTF podcast with Marc Maron that Sam first broke the news that he would be donating most of his fortune to charity. Captain Paul Watson in a tribute to the philanthropist on his Facebook page, mentioned that even though Simon was sick at the time, he sailed with his doctor to Taiji, Japan as a Cove Guardian. Today, the ship left Mauritius after handing in evidence and reports to Interpol on the poaching ship Thunder.
Simon’s work doesn’t end there though. He was a board member for Save the Children and also hosted the largest annual fundraiser for PETA, after which the later organization named their headquarters building in Virginia after him a year later.
I hope the world remembers him for who he truly was - an unselfish and beautiful human being.
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