Why was this started?

Wilson Quan is an entrepreneur and police officer who works with other first responders and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation to Assist and Rehabilitate First Responders suffering from PTSD.

Wilson Quan is no stranger to PTSD and Mental illness, having spent 3 years with the Calgary Police Service and another 14 years with the Edmonton Police Service where he worked intensely with hundreds of other officers 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 police officer.  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 Responders 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 Responders 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 Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital foundation 

First Response to Fashion has partnered with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital for the last 5 years.  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 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 at the Glenrose Hospital.  One of those 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.

The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is devoted to rehabilitation care of adults (including the elderly) and children to improve quality of life. They are a leading-edge academic teaching hospital and a leader in research and technology development.

The CAREN (Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) is making great strides in restoring mobility to wounded military and 1st Responder personnel and a wide variety of civilian patients at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

To date, CAREN has helped soldiers – as well as patients ranging in age from preschoolers to seniors in their 90s – and each month typically provides advanced rehabilitation to 30-40 patients, half of them new. The number and frequency of one-hour sessions varies based on patient needs.

As versatile as an aircraft simulator, CAREN’s split-belt-treadmill platform, motion hydraulics and circular surround screen can be programmed to create virtually any scenario or game imaginable as it delivers a rehab program precisely tailored to each patient’s needs.

By virtue of its adaptability and flexibility, the $1.5-million device is also driving research at the Glenrose as health professionals and technology leaders explore new ways to help more kinds of patients and establish best practices on the system. As well, the Canadian Forces is currently collaborating with allies on research and treatment options using CAREN.

The CAREN at the Glenrose is the result of the hospital’s partnership with the Department of National Defence. It can be used to rehabilitate Canadian Forces personnel, 1st Responders and civilians with both physical and psychological injuries such as amputations, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy, as well as psychiatric disorders such as phobias and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Canada’s other clinical CAREN system is located in Ottawa.

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.

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