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.