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 inevitable blindness that has been bestowed upon them. This was just the beginning.