In 2007, sixteen-year-old Tyler Hill died a preventable death on a student trip to Japan. He asked for medical attention, but none was provided. He tried to dial 911, but the emergency number in Japan is 119. He couldn’t speak Japanese. Ty was minutes from the Japanese Red Cross Hospital and the U.S. Embassy, but he didn’t know where they were. His mom faxed his medical records, but his doctor couldn’t read English. Her passport was only good for four months, the airline almost denied her access because of the ‘Validity Rule.’ Tyler’s life-changing opportunity sent him home in a casket.
Tyler’s family founded Depart Smart dba ClearCause Foundation, a Minnesota nonprofit to protect students abroad with protective laws, awareness, and travel safety education. In 2018, as Minnesota Cup Finalists, Depart Smart Inc. pivots to serve all global travelers.