The mission of Hope With a Vizion is to support and to bring visually impaired individuals together with designated programs and services needed to empower their pursuit for quality of life and independence in society; while creating awareness and driving home the point to inspire research that focuses on eyesight.

Hope With a Vizion was founded by recording artist and actor, Lou George, aka “Bowlegged Lou”. He started the organization due to his own degenerative eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. He was officially diagnosed in October 17, 2012 and has kept silent about his diagnosis until recently when he realized that he is not alone in being frustrated with losing complete peripheral vision along with some independence in performing certain necessary tasks. Looking for resources needed and RP related research was not all in one place which would make it so much easier for anyone to adjust, prepare, or accept the sometimes inevitable blindness that has been bestowed upon them. This was just the beginning.

Lucien “Bowlegged Lou” George is a part of the dynamic, six-member, award-winning, music-producing, singing and songwriting group known as Full Force.  Bowlegged Lou, as he is commonly known, was a theater major in college and in addition to performing with Full Force, also co-starred in the movies Who’s the Man and House Party and House Party 2.

While Lou plays many roles and is known to be a comedian, generous giver, thoughtful person, and a notorious prankster, he is ultimately known for just being a big kid at heart. In October 2012 after Lou began losing his peripheral vision due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, he started the nonprofit organization, Hope With a Vizion.  The purpose of this nonprofit is to provide assistance, both directly and indirectly, to a community of individuals who have experienced the loss of their vision or are in the process of losing their vision.  The primary goal is to help the individual by providing the resources necessary to help them deal with both the physical  and psychological components of vision loss and help them maintain or regain their status as productive members of society.