Parents Create Life-Saving App for Students Studying Abroad

Updated: 01/12/2014 4:30 PM
Created: 01/12/2014 10:19 AM
By: Megan Stewart

At just 16-years-old, Tyler Hill took off for a study abroad program in Japan. But a hike up Mount Fuji left Tyler, who was born in Edina, with extreme altitude sickness.

He died at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center on June 29, 2007.

His family says his death was 100 percent preventable. Now, his parents are fighting to make sure this never happens again.

Sheryl Hill, Tyler's mother, said he tried to dial 9-1-1 to get help while on Mount Fuiji. Unfortunately, 9-1-1 is an emergency number unique to the U.S. The number in Japan is 1-1-9.

The Hills started the ClearCause Foundation to bring together people who have endured similar tragedy, as well as elicit change from policy makers while creating tools to help keep students safe on global programs.

The result is an app, called A Student Abroad Preparedness Plan (ASAPP), that can be downloaded from the App Store that will help students in emergency situations.

ASAPP comes equipped with the ability to alert emergency contacts if a situation goes awry.

For example, if a student abroad has a peanut allergy, it will alert contacts where the person is and that they are having a peanut allergy reaction and they need help.

It also alerts contacts if a natural disaster occurs.

The second phase of the app will work to prepare parents should they need to take action to get to their child from a study abroad trip.

Photo: Facebook/ClearCause Foundation

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