Boy mows lawns, raises money to buy gravestone for dad he’s never met


A young boy who spent his entire summer mowing lawns managed to raise enough money to buy his dad a marker for his grave.

WDAY reported that Brandon Bakke of Fargo, North Dakota was adopted at birth and recently started asking his family about his birth parents. It turns out his biological father, Terrance, had recently died. He was buried in Chicago without a grave marker, because he couldn’t afford one.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news

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

Brandon was involved with picking out the perfect grave marker for the father he never met. He showed up with a ceramic jar full of money to pay for the headstone himself.

When he saw the stone, he immediately said he loved it and rushed to hug his mother, Brandy Bakke. Both shed tears of joy and thankfulness.

"It makes me feel very proud, as a son," Brandon said.

Despite coming prepared to pay for the grave stone in full, the company, Dakota Monument, refused his money, deciding to donate it instead.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Woman prevents girl’s kidnapping by pretending to be potential victim’s mother
Woman prevents girl’s kidnapping by pretending to be potential victim’s mother

A woman dropping her child off at a Santa Ana, California, middle school is credited with preventing the kidnapping of a young girl walking to school, according to news outlets. >> Read more trending news  Amy Martinez was on her way to school Wednesday morning when a strange woman approached her and forced her to begin walking away with...
MO Gov. Eric Greitens indicted, arrested after threat to release nude photo after affair
MO Gov. Eric Greitens indicted, arrested after threat to release nude photo after affair

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was arrested Thursday and taken into custody after a St. Louis grand jury handed down an indictment against Greitens on a felony charge of invasion of privacy, the Kansas City Star reported. >> Read more trending news  The indictment follows Greitens admission in January that he had an affair in 2015 with...
Hero German shepherd takes bullet for teenager in home invasion
Hero German shepherd takes bullet for teenager in home invasion

When burglars violently broke into a Des Moines, Washington, home mid-afternoon on Wednesday, a teenager hid in a closet and held onto his dog. But Rex -- a 2-year-old German shepherd -- ran downstairs to protect the 16-year-old. The dog confronted the burglars, who beat him until he was bloody. The dog ran back upstairs. With the dog out of sight...
Armed Stoneman Douglas resource officer 'never went in' during Florida shooting
Armed Stoneman Douglas resource officer 'never went in' during Florida shooting

The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. >> Read more trending news  Follow along with our live updates as we learn more
Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts
Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts

A Russian “troll farm” accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election spread criticism of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, repeatedly bashed Atlanta-based CNN, and helped spread messages on voter irregularities and police shootings in Georgia, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis has found. Georgia — the state, not...
More Stories