The youngsters of a New York Metropolis firefighter who died from most cancers associated to the Sept. 11 assaults made his dream come true on Sunday night time’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 reducing board invented by their father, Keith — who died final March on the age of 53 from most cancers associated to his function in serving to to wash 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 scholar 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 had been there collectively — we felt actually grateful to be following his dream on such a time. My dad would all the time say, ‘You must proceed to indicate up. Life will get exhausting, however you don’t stop. Simply to proceed on the trail of creating every day the very best day.’ ”
And, as viewers noticed Sunday night time, 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 alternate for 20 % possession. Additionally they pledged to donate any proceeds from Cup Board Professional gross sales to assist 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 alternative to now have this product signify much more, and to have an enormous objective behind it as effectively.”
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 aircraft putting the tower … for nearly two years,” says Higgins, who now lives in New Jersey. “So to me [the Young family] actually hit residence. I received to satisfy superb individuals … I by no means received an opportunity to satisfy Kaley’s father, however I do know so many different individuals like him. Except for actually being moved by this fantastic household, it actually touched me. I used to be simply sitting there enthusiastic about all of the totally different firefighters and restoration staff that I do know who labored so exhausting throughout that time frame.”
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 and marketing marketing campaign.
“I’ve develop into shut with Kaley particularly,” he says. “She’s only a fantastic younger girl who has clearly taken a management function in so many various elements of her life — serving to to boost her brother and sister, working the Pilates studio, bringing her father’s dream to life.
“It’s actually unbelievable.”