Tyler Hill

Tyler Hill

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Mound, Minnesota
Mount Fuji, Japan, 06/29/2007

Tyler Hill was a history buff who considered Dwight D. Eisenhower one of his biggest heroes. Tyler used to say that, because of his Type-I diabetes, he’d never get to serve in the military, but he could lend his generous hand by traveling as an ambassador of peace. One can imagine the excitement Ty and his family felt the day he received a letter saying he’d been nominated to do just that.

Unfortunately, all of the excitement soon turned to unbearable sadness, when Tyler’s life tragically ended at the age of 16. After climbing Mount Fuji in June, 16-year-old Tyler became ill. He reported that he had altitude sickness. There is evidence that he asked for medical attention but none was provided. Japanese Hospital reported that Tyler’s life would have been saved had he received timely medical attention.

Help came too late. He died at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center, with his family unaware and half a world away.

Now his parents, Sheryl and Allen Hill of Mound allege in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Hennepin County that Tyler’s life could have been saved if he had received immediate medical attention.

“My biggest fear is that no one will know the truth,” said Sheryl Hill.

Sheryl Hill sobbed as she talked about her son, an experienced world traveler. When he died, he had just finished his sophomore year at Mound Westonka High School. He was an MVP rugby player, a tight end in football, a winger in hockey and a scuba diver.

She said Tyler suffered cerebral and cardiac edema after climbing Fuji. He asked for help, but instead was left alone in his room for hours, the lawsuit said.

His kidneys, his heart and his brain were failing, his mother said. “It’s a very slow, torturous death,” she said.

“Our goal is to herald Tyler’s story around the world so this will not happen to another family,” Sheryl Hill said.

Tyler’s portrait is also on Poster 5


15 Responses to “Tyler Hill”
  1. Mom says:

    I love you all the way to eternity and back. Miss your bright eyes, pearly white smile, bear hugs and laughter. Shine like the sun! Every day we live, closer to where you are.

    Thank you for being mine.
    Lovesy Momsy

  2. Michael Ainslie says:

    Tyler was a great role model for all children with Diabetes. He handled the disease with grace and good humor. He always had a positive attitude about it and more importantly about his life. We miss him and know he is in the best place to help all of us. Even though I can’t see a cure yet, he can and knows it will come. Tyler, Godspeed until we meet again.

  3. Marty Combs says:

    I regret that I never actually met Tyler. But from all that I have heard….from his family and from others, he was an outstanding young man. I have no doubt that he would have made a difference in our world. And perhaps he alredy is making a difference by the way he lived his short but brave life.

  4. Bri Josephson says:

    I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Ty, but I know from all I’ve heard from the Hills, he was a wonderful boy!! Its tragic that things went the way they did for him and this family. In my eyes, God found a path for Ty and needed him much more desperately in heaven than on earth. He did wonderful things while here, so lets remember him by those precious memories. The Hills have opened their hearts to me and are so caring and loving that you’re given no other option that to open yours to them. Seeing how this family is, you can only imagine how Tyler was. Im sorry I didn’t get to meet you but I know your a wonderful person just like your family!!

  5. Peggy Zimmer says:

    Tyler — you were a true hero to my son, Max, when he was first diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. Max was just a toddler and gravitated towards your glowing, loving, accepting, and fun-loving spirit. You were a bright spot of hope for Max and our family–a true example of living life to the fullest and not letting diabetes get in the way of ANYTHING! You did great things during your time here — and you continue to touch the lives of those left behind. Love and light to you!

  6. To know Ty is to feel the love of him through his family which is radiant and forever will be. Stay busy, Tyler.

  7. tyler was a real sparkler –i only had the pleasure of working with him in the photo studio a few times, but each time he was a true pleasure! his warm and generous energy was right on the surface –not hidden behind any social personae. he radiated joy! tyler, you left a glow everywhere you went in this life that is still alive today.

  8. Marc Doepner-Hove says:

    I had the honor of having Tyler as a student. He was a natural born leader, the type of student that raised the bar for himself, as well as rest of the students in the class. I still see students wearing his t-shirts in the hallways of Mound Westonka High School. I stop by his tree from time-to-time. He had the type of will power that still leaves a footprint.

  9. Gill Thackeray says:

    Ty, we made so many memories together which I keep close to my heart. You touched so many lives with your outgoing, friendly and jovial personality. You inspired so many people. You gave the best hugs which I miss so much. I think of you everyday. Love you Ty. Gilly

  10. Marcy Smith says:

    Tyler, I only knew you for a short period of time, but in that time I realized what a great person you were. You had such a bright, generous smile that brightened the room and your energy was endless. You are brought so much joy to so many people and those memories will be in our hearts forever.

  11. Matt Smith says:

    Tyler is my cousin and was an amazing person. His smile was like no other. He constantly wanted to be with the people he loved and make people happy. He was a good person, and if we were all more like him the world would be a better place.

  12. Gary Hill says:

    Tyler was an outstanding young man and a joy to be around. I was proud to be his uncle and still mourn a promising life cut way too short.

    Love you Ty.

    Uncle Gary

  13. Candace Vegter says:

    Hey Ty Man – Miss your big hugs and sweet smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers always. Aunt Candy

  14. Nicole Wilson says:

    Ty I started to write you something on Friday, but found it hard to put my feelings into words. This is your tribute and it is difficult for me to describe Tyler the young adult. All I have to go off of is memories when we were younger. As for your life after that point I do not have personal story, but I have heard many joyful stories from the many people whose lives you’ve touched :) Even though you passed at the young age of 16 people wear t-shirts in your remembrance, they see you at the Eifel Tower, your old clothes are made into beautiful comforters, people that have been gifted your gifts paint pictures of places you wanted to venture of places they themselves have never been. What I want to say is that unfortunately not everyone will know your story, but for those that do, your memory will always resonate within us. We think about you everyday you shall always be apart of us as we are of you.

  15. Denise McGee says:

    Tyler was a ray of sunshine to the many lives he touched. He treasured his friends and family. His smile could light up a room and his genuineness was evident. He exemplified compassion, commitment, competitiveness, leadership and generosity. I am proud to have known Tyler and experienced his ray of sunshine.

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