How ‘Shark Tank’ helped this deceased firefighter’s dream come true

How ‘Shark Tank’ helped this deceased firefighter’s dream come true

The kids of a New York Metropolis firefighter who died from most cancers associated to the Sept. 11 assaults made his dream come true on Sunday evening’s episode of “Shark Tank.”

Lengthy Island siblings Kaley, Christian and Kiera Younger went on “Shark Tank” hoping to get the present’s “Sharks” to put money into Cup Board Professional, a kitchen chopping board invented by their father, Keith — who died final March on the age of 53 from most cancers associated to his position in serving to to scrub up Floor Zero.

“My brother and my sister and I really went [to the show’s LA studio] on the three-month anniversary of my dad passing away,” says Kaley Younger, 24, who’s now the household breadwinner and guardian of her 15-year-old sister, Kiera. (They misplaced their mom to most cancers in 2012.) Kaley, a pupil at FIT, additionally owns her late mom’s Pilates studio in Wantagh.

“It additionally occurred to be Father’s Day weekend,” she says. “So the truth that we have been there collectively — we felt actually grateful to be following his dream on such a time. My dad would at all times say, ‘It’s important to proceed to indicate up. Life will get arduous, however you don’t stop. Simply to proceed on the trail of constructing every day one of the best day.’ ”

Kaley Younger (middle) with brother Christian and sister KieraAnd, as viewers noticed Sunday evening, all 5 Sharks (together with visitor Shark Matt Higgins) determined to take a position $100,000 within the Cup Board Professional, pledging to contribute $20,000 every in trade for 20 p.c possession. Additionally they pledged to donate any proceeds from Cup Board Professional gross sales to help firefighters stilling battling sicknesses associated to Sept. 11.

“My coronary heart was bursting at that second,” says Kaley. “I couldn’t consider a greater factor for this product to do. It’s going to assist so many present firemen who’re sick with 9/11 associated most cancers. I’m actually grateful for this chance to now have this product signify much more, and to have an enormous objective behind it as properly.”

It was additionally emotional for Higgins, 43, who seems in two episodes of “Shark Tank” this season. Now the CEO of RSE Ventures and an advisor to Miami Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross, Higgins was Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s press secretary (and was solely 26) when the Sept. 11 assaults occurred.

“I used to be concerned within the restoration and the rebuilding effort, from just about inside moments of the primary airplane putting the tower … for nearly two years,” says Higgins, who now lives in New Jersey. “So to me [the Young family] actually hit house. I received to fulfill superb individuals … I by no means received an opportunity to fulfill Kaley’s father, however I do know so many different individuals like him. Other than actually being moved by this excellent household, it actually touched me. I used to be simply sitting there fascinated with all of the totally different firefighters and restoration employees that I do know who labored so arduous throughout that time period.”

Within the months because the episode was filmed in June, Higgins has grown nearer with the Younger household, serving to them to place the Cup Board Professional for its advertising marketing campaign.

“I’ve turn into shut with Kaley specifically,” he says. “She’s only a fantastic younger lady who has clearly taken a management position in so many various points of her life — serving to to lift her brother and sister, working the Pilates studio, bringing her father’s dream to life.

“It’s actually unbelievable.”

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