9/11 Firefighter Died, but Kids Fulfill His Shark Tank Dream

Keith Young's children pitched his Cup Board Pro
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2018 10:35 AM CDT

Keith Young invented the Cup Board Pro, a cutting board with a detachable bowl attached, and he dreamed of bringing it on Shark Tank. But the New York City firefighter, who helped with Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11, died in March of cancer related to the World Trade Center attacks before he could do so. Young, who was known as the "Firehouse Chef" and who was also a two-time champion of Chopped on the Food Network, also lost his wife to breast cancer in 2012. But on Sunday, in an episode that had been taped in June, the couple's three children kept their father's dream alive. Kaley, 25, Christian, 19, and Keira, 15, presented the Cup Board Pro—bearing the insignia of the 9/11 firefighters who died—and it was a big success.

All five Sharks came together to jointly offer the trio $100,000 for a 20% stake in the business, in what USA Today calls a "rare" move. They also promised that any profits they made from their 20% would go toward Keith Young's charity of choice for firefighters who got sick after 9/11, Newsday reports. The siblings, who've been running their Cup Board Pro business out of their living room, also sold out of the cutting boards on their online store after the show aired. "Our dad would probably be so proud of us and, like, so happy that we're continuing on his legacy, his dream," Keira said. Added Kaley during the segment, "It’s kind of hard to overwhelm the three of us, because of the amount of stress you go through seeing a loved one sick. We’re only able to be here because of how strong our parents were." (This man sought revenge for his brother's 9/11 death—but then he had a change of heart.)

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