The sharks on “Shark Tank” are supporting an invention created by a New York City firefighter who died of cancer after helping with the cleanup of ground zero following the Sept. 11 attacks.
Kevin Young’s children on Sunday pitched his Cup Board Pro, a chopping block that features a detachable bowl for cleanup. The 53-year-old died in March, months before the ABC show taped the segment.
“It was his dream to pitch it on ‘Shark Tank,’ ” Kaley said to the panel consisting of five investors. “Unfortunately, he passed away before he had that chance, but we’re here today to continue his legacy and make that dream a reality.”
Christian, Keira and Kaley explained their dad had to delay his project because their mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and died in August 2012.
The panel decided to invest $100,000 in the project and pledged to donate any proceeds to support firefighters who have illnesses related to the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Out of my entire decade of being on #SharkTank this was the most emotional pitch I have ever been through,” investor Daymond John said Sunday night after the episode aired.
Contestants on the show try to persuade the panel to invest in their ideas.
PIX11’s Nora Abramov contributed to this report.