Lucien George, also known as “Bowlegged Lou,” has led a dynamic life in the popular, hip-hop, and R&B music scenes as a performer, writer and producer. A Grammy Award winner and member of the group Full Force, Mr. George has been involved in writing and producing music for James Brown, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Patti LaBelle, UTFO, Samantha Fox, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Selena, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, and more. Full Force also appeared in the 1990 comedy film House Party.
Bowlegged Lou was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder, retinitis pigmentosa, which causes degeneration of the retina in the eye and leads to loss of sight. There is no cure for retinitis pigmentosa, but certain treatments, including electro and laser acupuncture have been known to delay the effects of the disease and help with symptoms. Musicians Foundation provided Mr. George with an aid grant to help cover part of his treatment costs.
“With a crazy entertainment industry that us musicians are involved in while dealing with health hardships… it is a blessing to see that [I] could turn to Musicians Foundation for a little prayerful and positive support.”
With a leadership mentality to use his personal experience to give back, Lou George founded the organization Hope With A Vizion to “support and bring visually impaired individuals together with designated programs and services needed to empower their pursuit for quality of life and independence … while creating awareness and driving home the point to inspire research that focuses on eyesight. More information about the organization can be found at hopewithavizion.org.
“I just wanted to make a public thank you to Musicians Foundation for helping me out and supporting me during my eye treatment … in the hopes of saving the sight that I have left.”