Welcome Baby Buns in the Oven

$12,057 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 373 people in 28 months
Melanie Griffin-Hamlin
on behalf of Dana Griffin-Graves
 PETERSBURG, VA
The internet went wild over Arkell Graves being surprised by his wife, Dana Griffin-Graves, with an extra special dinner treat in the oven...buns and ultrasound pictures. What made this announcement even more special was they had experienced four miscarriages and a stillbirth in their seventeen year marriage. Dana, age 41, found out at 19 weeks that she was pregnant.

Fast forward, just two weeks, Dana found herself in ICU with the possibility of not being able to keep her miracle. But she held on to "Baby Buns" and her faith in God. She risked her life every moment that she refused to deliver.

Baby Kaleb Arkell Graves, was born on October 20, 2015 at 1:08 PM, during the 24th week, which doctor's consider to be the first week of possible viability outside of the womb. This makes him 16 weeks early. His actual due date was supposed to be February 16th.

Arkell and Dana were not prepared that a doctor's visit on that day, two weeks ago would be the last time that Dana would be at home. She is currently in the hospital because she is still battling her own health issues, as well as Kaleb being taken care of in the NICU.

This Go Fund Me page was created by Dana's sister with the purpose of helping to offset some of the expenses of the enormous hospital bills and to have a beautiful, well-deserved nursery for Baby Kaleb created for his arrival home in a few months (we are claiming this in faith!)

All help is appreciated, but they need your prayers even more. They are very humble people and are usually the first to support others. You may follow their journey on their official Facebook page, Arkell and Dana's Baby Bun.
Arkell & Dana's Baby Bun Page


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Praying all is well with everyone! Your donations and prayers have been appreciated. The family is pleased to announce that an official nonprofit has been launched. It is called BabyBuns For Life Network. Please visit: www.babybunsforlifenetwork.org
www.babybunsforlife.com
www.facebook.com/BabyBunsForLife
Our efforts are already underway to help other families.
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Thank you for all of the love and prayers. Kaleb is loving his new home that has been waiting on him for so long. As we embark on this newest chapter, moving from hospital life to home life, no matter how difficult, we pray and ask that you stand in agreement that we will accept every challenge with honor and gratitude. He has been so faithful and given us the desires of our heart. God has never left us, nor will He forsake us now. #TeamKaleb
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Thank you all for your continued prayers. Kaleb is now resting in his own bed---at home. He left the hospital two days ago. He was born 13 oz and is now 13 lbs. There is a long road ahead, but our family believes that God will never take you to a place that He won't bring you through. Keep the Graves Group in your thoughts and prayers. #TeamKaleb
Kaleb with his mom and dad, as they prepare to leave the hospital.
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Kaleb turned 10 months old on August 20th! Although we are all counting down the days until they tell us he can be taken him home, we are still grateful for not only the progress, but the process.
#TeamKaleb #BabyBuns
Kaleb and his mommy!
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Julie Beth Townsend Wyatt
28 months ago

Ms. Dana My heart broke when i saw this. You may or may not remember me but i remember you. You were the manager at African General and we used to have long talks.. How i have missed you. I wanted to say keep your faith my son RJ was born at 23 weeks at 17weeks early. He is now 12 years old. I am here for you with any questions and all prayers. Remember 1step forward 2 steps back. It will all work out. HIS IS GOOD. God's Blessings always...

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Dana Griffin-Graves
28 months ago

Grateful, humbled, blessed and scared. These are just some of the words that describe the feelings I am having. I really appreciate my sister, Melanie Griffin-Hamlin , for setting up this account due to the overwhelming number of request received. So many people have unified their hearts and prayers for Kaleb and for that I am appreciative. I believe God made so many people knowledgeable of BabyBuns aka. Kaleb and He will ultimately get the glory but we will go through some adversities. I am thankful for the network and union that has been formed to help me through this difficult time. I know he's our miracle but my heart still ache for the suffering he endures daily. Thank you all and keep our family in your prayers as I will do the same for each of you!!

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Shannon Johnson
27 months ago

Hello, I am definitely praying. My miracle baby came last year on 12/24/14....12 weeks early because of the same issue (preeclampsia/high blood pressure). Weighing only 2 pounds, I had to wait 3 longs months to bring him home but today he is almost 17 pounds and is a thriving baby full of energy.....God can....

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Dana Griffin-Graves
19 months ago
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I can not express how grateful I am for each of you to bless our family. I am humbled and honored. If possible, I would love to send a thank you card so if you send me your mailing address I will send pictures of Kaleb. May God continue to bless you and please keep our family in your prayers. #TeamKaleb

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Darleen Benner Occhiogrosso McCauley
25 months ago
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God Bless you all!

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Ariel-Christopher Wilson
14 months ago

I am praying for you guys honestly. God knows what is in our hearts-I am so glad to hear that things are well with this beautiful child-a true gift from God. Be faithful to God and he will be faithful to you! Praying and sending love

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Tricia Carlton
16 months ago

May God bless Kaleb and all of you in these upcoming days! I saw his homecoming this morning on GMA and cried tears of joy for you. My daughter was in the NICU for a month and I remember the excitement of finally getting her home. I'm sure yours is hundred fold! Praise God and thanking Him in advance for the strength and protection He will continue to provide in Kaleb's medical treatments!

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William Phillips
16 months ago

I would like to send a check or money order. Please give an address, by inboxing me, so I know the legitimate place to mail $.

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Rhonda Baynard
19 months ago

I am sending out much prayers for Kaleb's healing and your families strength. I just saw your video for the first time and immediately it touched my heart. Kaleb is such a beautiful baby and I'm praying for that day when he will be out in the yard playing with daddy and big brother. With His Stripes we are Healed.

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Victoria Childress
1 month ago

Dear Graves family, your faith and love for each other are a true inspiration. Seeing your pictures on Facebook always brightens my day. Thank you!

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1 month ago
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Jennifer Gonzalez
1 month ago

May God bless you and your beautiful family in 2018!

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Ny Mad
3 months ago
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God Bless you more

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3 months ago
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Julie Beth Townsend Wyatt
28 months ago

Ms. Dana My heart broke when i saw this. You may or may not remember me but i remember you. You were the manager at African General and we used to have long talks.. How i have missed you. I wanted to say keep your faith my son RJ was born at 23 weeks at 17weeks early. He is now 12 years old. I am here for you with any questions and all prayers. Remember 1step forward 2 steps back. It will all work out. HIS IS GOOD. God's Blessings always...

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Dana Griffin-Graves
28 months ago

Grateful, humbled, blessed and scared. These are just some of the words that describe the feelings I am having. I really appreciate my sister, Melanie Griffin-Hamlin , for setting up this account due to the overwhelming number of request received. So many people have unified their hearts and prayers for Kaleb and for that I am appreciative. I believe God made so many people knowledgeable of BabyBuns aka. Kaleb and He will ultimately get the glory but we will go through some adversities. I am thankful for the network and union that has been formed to help me through this difficult time. I know he's our miracle but my heart still ache for the suffering he endures daily. Thank you all and keep our family in your prayers as I will do the same for each of you!!

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Shannon Johnson
27 months ago

Hello, I am definitely praying. My miracle baby came last year on 12/24/14....12 weeks early because of the same issue (preeclampsia/high blood pressure). Weighing only 2 pounds, I had to wait 3 longs months to bring him home but today he is almost 17 pounds and is a thriving baby full of energy.....God can....

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Dana Griffin-Graves
19 months ago
6
6

I can not express how grateful I am for each of you to bless our family. I am humbled and honored. If possible, I would love to send a thank you card so if you send me your mailing address I will send pictures of Kaleb. May God continue to bless you and please keep our family in your prayers. #TeamKaleb

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Darleen Benner Occhiogrosso McCauley
25 months ago
5
5

God Bless you all!

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Ariel-Christopher Wilson
14 months ago

I am praying for you guys honestly. God knows what is in our hearts-I am so glad to hear that things are well with this beautiful child-a true gift from God. Be faithful to God and he will be faithful to you! Praying and sending love

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Tricia Carlton
16 months ago

May God bless Kaleb and all of you in these upcoming days! I saw his homecoming this morning on GMA and cried tears of joy for you. My daughter was in the NICU for a month and I remember the excitement of finally getting her home. I'm sure yours is hundred fold! Praise God and thanking Him in advance for the strength and protection He will continue to provide in Kaleb's medical treatments!

+ Read More
William Phillips
16 months ago

I would like to send a check or money order. Please give an address, by inboxing me, so I know the legitimate place to mail $.

+ Read More
Rhonda Baynard
19 months ago

I am sending out much prayers for Kaleb's healing and your families strength. I just saw your video for the first time and immediately it touched my heart. Kaleb is such a beautiful baby and I'm praying for that day when he will be out in the yard playing with daddy and big brother. With His Stripes we are Healed.

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