‘Shark Tank’: Kids of 9/11 firefighter get their late dad’s invention a deal with Williams Sonoma

Kaley, Christian, and Keira Young, the children of FDNY Firefighter Keith Young, pitched their father’s invention, the Cup Board Pro, on Shark Tank last year, shortly after World Trade Center-related cancer took their dad’s life. Now they have signed a licensing deal with Williams Sonoma and have made more than $41,000 for the FDNY Foundation, reports Sarah Helizberger for CNBC.

The Cup Board Pro is a cutting board with a detachable tray for waste and other features to make it easy to clean. Keith Young was a firehouse chef, who won numerous contests and won on Chopped twice. He developed the cutting board and planned to market it, when his wife, Beth, became ill with breast cancer. He ignored the project to care for her until her death in 2012.

Keith Young died of site-related cancer in March of 2018.

“Our dad loved shopping in Williams Sonoma so we are very happy that Cup Board Pro will be on the shelves of one of his favorite stores. When our Shark Tank episode aired we heard from so many viewers who wanted to buy our product right away. We are so proud to offer everyone the latest version of Cup Board Pro. We know that all of the new features of the cutting board would make our dad proud too,” Kaley Young told CNBC’s Sarah Helizberger.

Watch the original Shark Tank pitch by the Youngs here.

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