Matthew Wilson, Especially To The United States TODAY Published 10:00 p.m. ET October 21, 2018 | Updated 5:18 p.m. ET October 22, 2018
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Christian, Keira and Kaley Young, children of a late New York City firefighter, pitch cup board pro, his kitchen product, to the sharks at ABC : s “Shark Tank.”(Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Kaley, Christian and Keira Young may have wowed the sharks with their late father’s invention, but it’s the story of the young family who broke their hearts.
“It was his dream to throw it on” Shark Tank “, Kaley said about Cup Board Pro, a slab with a removable bowl for easy cleaning.” Unfortunately, he left before he had the chance, but we are here today to continue their legacy and make that dream reality. “
And they did: Sony Pictures Television, which produces” Shark Tank “, said Monday that within 18 hours, 26,000 Cup Board Pros had been sold worth more than $ 1 million
Kevin Young, seen briefly in a video demonstration of the product, was a fireman from New York City who helped clean at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on September 11. He died three months before the “Tank” lost in May in May from cancer related to the 9/11 effort. Cup Board Pro carries insignia of all firemen who died in the tragedy.
This particular reasoned with guest shark Matt Higgins, an investor who also helped Ground Zero. “I met many brave people like your dad, and many people lost their lives so it’s amazing that you do this.”
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But Kevin faced another tragedy: The two-time champion on the Food Network’s “Chopped” cooking series had to set aside his dream to take care of her dying wife. And the power of his story left several sharks, including Daymond John, teary-eyed.
“When he received his first prototypes, our mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and he put everything in order to be by her side, “said Kaley. “On August 22, 2012, God called our mother home and our dad showed us what strength was at every moment he continued to appear for us and in life in general. He was a true inspiration like our mother.”
Now hope The three entrepreneurs, ranging from 15-24 to honor their parents’ legacy. They started an online store and ran the business from their living room.
“It’s a bit hard to overwhelm the three of us, because of the stress you’re through by seeing a loved one,” said Kaley. “We can only be here because of the strength of our parents.”
And at a rare pace, all five sharks John Higgins, Mark Cuban, Kevin Leary and Lori Greiner came together to help them: They jointly offered $ 100,000 for a 20 percent stake in the business, promising to donate profits to a charity that helps firefighters affected on 9/11.
“The story is amazing,” says Cuban. “You have a million reasons to be proud. Your father will live forever by each of you and his product.”
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