HeartGift board member and volunteer transporter Grace Cook cuddles with heart patient Chintushig and his parents at the airport. (Courtesy Photo)
For some people, the love of philanthropy runs in the family.
That happens to be the case for Grace Cook, whose grandmother, Margaret McDermott, is a well-known Highland Park civic leader in many sectors.
But Cook is making her own marks through one organization: HeartGift.
The group works to make sure that children in developing countries with congenital heart defects can get surgeries to save their lives.
Cook, who serves as a board member for the organization, was able to travel to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, with the family of one such child in November.
“I had such an overwhelming emotion when I got there and got to see the family being reunited,” the Hockaday graduate said. “I started crying, which is absurd.”