Boy, 11, mows lawns to buy gravestone for father he never knew

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FARGO, N.D.– A 11-year-old boy spent his entire summer mowing lawns to raise money to buy his father a marker for his grave.

Brandon Bakke of Fargo, N.D. was adopted at birth and recently started asking his adopted family about his birth parents. It turns out Brandon’s father Terrance, had recently died. He was buried in Chicago, but he couldn’t afford a grave marker at the time of his passing.

“I don’t think anybody should go unknown in life, even though the choices they made or anything,” Brandon told WDAY.

So Brandon spent his summer mowing lawns for neighbors and strangers and raised enough money to purchase his biological father a grave marker.

Once Brandon raised enough money he reached out to Dakota Monument in South Fargo, and worked with artist and designers to create a perfect maker to honor Brandon’s father.

“If he could see it, he would be proud of me,” said Brandon.

After hearing of Brandon’s hard work and dedication in raising money for his father, Dakota Monument decided they would donate the stone to Brandon.