Boy Spends the Summer Working to Save for His Birth Father’s Gravestone

Although Brandon never met his birth father, he wanted to honor him all the same.

Denalee Chapman October 15, 2016 North Dakota, Brandon Bakke, 11,  was adopted at birth. He’s in a loving home and is quite content. But, as most pre-teens are, Brandon has become curious. When he began asking more and more questions about his birth family, they learned that his birth father had recently passed away and was buried in Chicago. Without a grave marker.

“I don’t think anybody should go unknown in life,” Brandon told the local news station. And so he worked. All summer. He mowed lawns and sold lemonade so he could buy a gravestone to honor his birth father, Terrence.

When the monument makers learned Brandon’s story they were so touched that they donated the grave marker for Brandons’s birth father.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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