With almost 30 years in the entertainment business, Paul Anthony is a member of the legendary and Grammy award winning R&B Hip Hop group Full Force. Paul Anthony formed the group along with his brothers Lou George Jr. (Bowlegged Lou) and Brian George (B-Fine) as well as with cousins Gerard Charles (Baby Gerry), Curtis Bedeau (Curt-t-t) and J.R. Clarke (Shy Shy). Paul Anthony is a producer, songwriter, and vocalist who has worked with entertainers such as Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, James Brown, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Dylan, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Selena, Nicki Minaj and Patti Labelle. Paul Anthony has also starred in the urban classic films “House Party”, “House Party 2” and “Krush Groove”. Throughout his career, Paul Anthony has maintained a healthy lifestyle because of his commitment to fitness, body building and keeping a positive attitude.
With all of Paul Anthony’s musical, acting and body building skills, he still wasn’t immune to a molecular invasion that he is currently using to bring awareness to a disease that doesn’t discriminate. Paul Anthony is one of many “Cancer Champions” who has battled Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Paul Anthony explains how he found out that he has the disease:
“I was in the gym training and my training partner saw a small lump in my neck. He thought it was unusual and suggested that I get checked out. I didn’t feel anything, which is pretty normal with this disease. I went to the doctor and had a FNA (fine needle aspiration). During the biopsy procedure they removed fluid and tested it. The biopsy was conclusive and there still is no cure for this disease.”
Shortly after diagnosis, Paul Anthony developed a plan of attack. He canvassed cancer treatment centers and interviewed several world renowned physicians before deciding to begin treatment with Dr. Paul A. Hamlin. Making the right choice was easy for Paul Anthony and the irony of him and his doctor sharing the same name came up it only served as confirmation of his decision.
Six months of intense chemotherapy followed Paul Anthony’s diagnosis. During treatment Paul Anthony maintained his fitness regiment despite the rigorous treatments. Paul Anthony believes that implementing healthy lifestyle choices, spirituality and mental focus and a few of the most important defenses in combating illness and maintaining a healthy life.
Paul Anthony is currently in remission. He feels fortunate that his brother, Lou George Jr., better known by his stage name Bowlegged Lou, is a direct match for him should there be a need for a blood donor. The success rate for such an operation is now 98-99%. True to his public persona, Paul Anthony is living life to the fullest. Throughout the whole process he never stopped to question why he was faced with this challenge. When asked about his feelings on being diagnosed Paul Anthony said the following:
“I never asked why me?! I was too preoccupied with finding a solution, finding an answer. I figured since cancer picked me I’d dance with it. My attitude was let’s do this! I knew I had to dance with it in order to get control of it and conquer it because I’ve got a life to live!”
Paul Anthony decided to go public with his fight in order to raise awareness about the seriousness of the disease and also to encourage others, especially entertainers, to be more open about their predicaments in hopes that they could help and inspire others. Paul Anthony has had victory over the odds and is determined to educate cancer patients alike, how to overcome the same odds. Paul Anthony wants to spread the message that:
“The cancer survivor walks the earth, the Cancer Champion conquers the World!”