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Mother turns heartbreak into action to educate about safety when abroad

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Traveling or studying abroad can be the highlight of a young person's life, but it can also pose some dangerous threats.

Sheryl Hill knows all to well the heartbreak of losing a child too soon. Her 16-year-old son, Tyler, died a preventable death during a People to People Student Ambassador trip to Japan in 2007.

In an effort to prevent more of those kinds of deaths, Hill decided to launch the ClearCause Foundation in 2011. The organization provides tools and information to help parents, youth and chaperones identify risks and take positive steps to reduce the risks abroad.

The ClearCause Foundation has posted extensive guidelines called, "Get Ready; Get Set; Go!"

Hill says it all begins with research. She says you should look into programs in your state and the state the programs operate out of before you sign up. You should also research the crime statistics for the area in which you or your child plans to travel.

Hill recommends registering your trip with the U.S. Department of State, here. The website also gives important information about traveling abroad.

ClearCause partnered with React Mobile to launch a mobile safety app called ASAPP S.O.S. (A Student Abroad Preparedness Plan: Save Our Students). The app provides travelers with the ability to notify emergency contacts or services if they need help.

To learn more about ClearCause, check out the organization's website.

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