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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon donates presidential pension to children with cancer

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he will donate his government pension to a nonprofit group that helps children with cancer.

The ex-president and the organization Aqui Nadie Se Rinde, or No One Here Surrenders, announced the donation Monday.

Calderon explained that Mexico gives its ex-presidents a pension so they do not have to worry about income after leaving office and are less susceptible to corruption. He says he now makes enough money as a speaker to support his family.

The organization was founded in 2005 to help children with cancer and their families. The organization says in a statement that it hopes Calderon’s donation will spur others to support their work.

Calderon presented the group with the first twice-monthly check for 72,775 pesos, or about $3,652.

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