11-year-old mows lawns to buy gravestone for biological dad he never met

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FARGO, N.D. — Brandon Bakke never met his biological father, but when he learned he died and was buried in an unmarked grave, he had to do something.

The North Dakota 11-year-old was adopted at birth and recently started asking his family more questions about his biological parents, WDAY reported.

Brandon learned his biological dad, Terrence, recently died and was buried in Chicago, but the family couldn’t afford a marker.

So instead of spending the summer like a typical 11-year-old, he cranked up the lawnmower and got to work.

After putting up flyers, he mowed the lawns of both neighbors and strangers, enough to raise the money to buy a gravestone.

Local artists and designers at Dakota Monument worked with him to create a great one that reads, “Forever in our hearts, Beloved son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend.”

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

Brandon was moved to tears when he saw the finished product, which Dakota Monument decided to donate even though Brandon had the money.

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