The history of Nu-Hope is an interesting one of tragedy turned into triumph. Nu-Hope was born out of necessity. The founder, Edmund N. Galindo, was born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from Polytechnic High School in 1933, Edmund apprenticed as a silk screen printer. During this time Edmund was battling chronic kidney disease. He was not aware of the seriousness of his disease until he volunteered for the war effort in 1941. Doctors were so alarmed by his condition they told him he had only one more year to live. By the grace of God and some progressive thinking doctors, he survived that prediction by 18 years.
When medical treatment was no longer effective, a urinary diversion was performed in January 1958. At that time ostomy products were complicated, crude and relatively ineffective. There were many months of frustration and anguish trying to use these products. There was frequent leakage that caused pouches to be changed often that resulted in skin breakdown after a few days. When serious problems arose, there were no Esterostomal Therapists to turn for help. And there was frequent laundering of clothing and bed linen.
However, Edmund was not about to give up. Being of keen mind, he experimented with new appliance designs. By the middle of 1958 he succeeded. Ed proved the worthiness of his new appliance system on himself, returning to his active life of business, golf and swimming. The doctors in the Los Angeles area were so impressed with his success that they urged him to manufacture and market his appliances so that others might benefit. At first, supplies and appliances were freely handed out. Soon it became apparent that in order to continue helping others a company had to be formed. Thus, in 1959, Nu-Hope Laboratories, was founded. The name was derived from Mrs. Galindo's first name "Hope", and the feeling that they were offering "new hope" to others in need. Unhappily, Edmund Galindo's health continued to deteriorate and on November 11, 1959, he passed away. Determined to carry on the founder's legacy, Hope Galindo and 19 year old son Eugene continued with the business. Currently there are over 6,000 E.T.'s and several W.O.C.N. accredited Educational Programs. Nu-Hope continues to work closely with E.T.'s to provide innovative products and services for their special needs. Over the years Nu-Hope has built a reputation of manufacturing innovative, high quailty, reliable ostomy appliances and accessories.