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Three brothers throw sharks in the Cup Board Pro, his father, a firefighter from New York City, dreamed before his death.
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There was not a dry eye in the "shark tank" on Sunday.

Kaley, Christian and Keira Young may have captivated the sharks with the invention of their late father, but it is the story of the Young family that broke their hearts.

"It was his dream to throw him in 'Shark Tank'," Kaley said of the Cup Board Pro, a cutting board with a removable bowl for easy cleaning. "Unfortunately, he died before he had that opportunity, but today we are here to continue his legacy and make that dream come true."

And they did: Sony Pictures Television, which produces "Shark Tank," said on Monday that 26,000 Cup Board Pros were sold in 18 hours, with a value of more than $ 1 million in sales.

Keith Young, briefly seen in a product demonstration video, was a firefighter from New York City who helped clean up at Ground Zero after the September 11 terrorist attacks. He died three months before the recording of the "Tank" in May of a cancer related to the September 11 effort. The Cup Board Pro carries the badge of all the firefighters who died in that tragedy.

This resonates especially with the invited shark Matt Higgins, an investor who also helped in Ground Zero. "I met a lot of brave people like your father, and a lot of people lost their lives, so it's great that you're doing this."

But Keith faced another tragedy: the two-time champion of the Food Network's "Chopped" cooking series had to put aside his dream of caring for his dying wife. And the power of its history left several sharks, including Daymond John, with teary eyes.

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"When she was receiving her first prototypes, our mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and put everything on hold to be by her side," Kaley said. "On August 22, 2012, God called our mother home, and our father showed us the strength that he had in each moment in which he continued to appear for us and in life in general. It was a true inspiration, like our mom. "

Now, the three entrepreneurs, who are between 15 and 24 years old, hope to honor the legacy of their parents. They started an online store and are managing the business from their living room.

"It's a bit difficult to overwhelm all three of us, because of the amount of stress you experience when you see a loved one sick," Kaley said. "We can only be here by the strength of our parents."

And in an unusual move, the five sharks (John, Higgins, Mark Cuban, Kevin O & # 39; Leary, and Lori Greiner) came together to help: they jointly offered $ 100,000 for a 20 percent stake in the business and promised to donate gains to a Charity that helps the affected firemen on 9/11.

"The story is incredible," said Cubano. "You have a million reasons to be proud. Your father will live forever through each one of you and your product. "

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