Why was this started?
Wilson Quan is an entrepreneur and police officer who works with other first responders and the University of Alberta Hospital Faculty of Rehabilitation Foundation to Assist and Rehabilitate First Responders suffering from PTSD.
Wilson Quan is no stranger to PTSD and Mental illness, having spent 19 years as a First Responder in Alberta, where he worked intensely with hundreds of other First Responders in Edmonton and in Calgary. He has seen the psychological effects that occur to First Responders when First Responders work closely to tragedy and stress. When these effects go untreated he's seen the destruction this causes to the First Responder's life, from alienating their friend's and family to suicide.
Prior to starting his policing career Wilson graduated from University from Business. Since then he and his wife Elisa have had a number of successful businesses before and while he was a First Responder. Wilson used this private business experience to start First Response PTSD Foundation. This endeavour was done so that first responders in Alberta would have access to ground breaking virtual reality rehabilitation at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital as soon as it became available in Alberta.
Wilson Quan and his Wife are also the creator of the First Response to Fashion Event which is enjoyed and frequented by hundreds of people each year who absolutely love the fact that First Responder's strut their stuff down a runway modelling clothing from numerous stores that can be found in Edmonton in order to raise money for PTSD. First Response to Fashion is truly an authentic and genuine way that First Responder's and the public get to look inside the window of a life that they would never otherwise see.
Where do the proceeds go?
Proceeds are donated to the University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
This is the first year that First Response to Fashion is Partnering with the University of Alberta. Their goals are aligned to find care and treatment for people, especially First Responders, that are suffering from the effects of PTSD. This is a phenomenal relationship and together we will continue to raise the bar in finding therapies to treat PTSD and to ensure that those treatments are funded. First Response to Fashion is using the funds raised towards the development of therapies for PTSD. One of the areas that we would like to focus our research on is the development of the CAREN as a virtual reality therapy tool to assist in the recovery of PTSD. Virtual reality therapy (VRT) uses specially programmed computers, visual immersion devices and artificially created environments to give the patient a simulated experience that can be used to diagnose and treat psychological conditions that cause difficulties for patients. VRT has great promise since it historically produces a "cure" about 90% of the time at about half the cost of traditional cognitive behavior therapy authority, and is especially promising as a treatment for PTSD.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.