In 2007, Tyler Hill
, a kind and joyful 16-year-old role model, traveled abroad to experience a new land, its people, and culture as part of a People to People youth ambassador program in Japan. He looked forward to having the time of his life. But his adventure quickly turned into a nightmare after he suddenly became ill and died a preventable death.
Tyler would be alive had he known Japan’s emergency numbers, where to go, and how to ask for help in Japanese.
Hours before Tyler’s death, he climbed Mt. Fuji singing the lyrics to “Walking on Sunshine.” His vibrant spirit continues to inspire all of us here at Depart Smart.
In the midst of unbearable sadness, Tyler’s parents, Sheryl and Allen Hill, poured themselves into grassroots action. For more than a decade, they’ve worked to shed light on poor safety standards, advocate federal and state protections for U.S. students and citizens abroad and empower individuals and families with safety education—a spirited journey that is now Depart Smart.