Edmund (Ed) Galindo, founder of Nu-Hope Laboratories, was born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1933 during the early years of the Great Depression and found work in the silk screening industry.
Over the next several years, Ed and his wife Hope started a family of four children. During this time Ed was also battling chronic kidney disease, nonetheless he volunteered to serve his country in 1941 during World War II. At his pre-enlistment physical, Ed learned that his illness had become very serious. The doctors were so alarmed by his condition that they told him he would live no more than a year; with the help of progressive treatment and faith, Ed outlived that prediction by 18 years.
Ed battled kidney disease for the next 17 years.
In January, 1958 when medical treatment was no longer effective, Ed had urinary diversion surgery. He quickly discovered that ostomy products were crude, complicated and relatively ineffective. The pouching systems that were available in the late 1950’s repeatedly leaked, which required continual laundering of clothing and bed linens. In addition, the leakage caused frequent changing of the appliance which made the skin around his stoma deteriorate.
While still working in the silk screening business, Ed created several new appliance designs that he tested and used on himself. By the middle of 1958, his self-created ostomy systems enabled him to resume company duties as well as enjoy the golf and swimming activities that he loved so much.
At first, Ed gave away the ostomy systems for free to those who wanted to try his new designs. Doctors in the Los Angeles area were so impressed by his products that they urged him to manufacture the ostomy appliances. In 1959, Ed and his family began selling his ostomy systems with the hope that other ostomates could resume a normal life, and there began Nu-Hope Laboratories. The name was derived from his wife’s name, and the feeling that they were offering “new hope” to others in need. Unfortunately, Ed Galindo passed away on November 11, 1959.
Who would carry on the Nu-Hope legacy?
During the last two years of Ed’s life, his eldest son Eugene (Gene) Galindo helped his father show patients how use their new ostomy products. Ed and Gene visited hundreds of ostomy patients in hospitals and homes, learning all they could about ostomies and stoma care. Both Ed and Gene saw firsthand how excited ostomates became when they were able to resume a normal life by using ostomy systems by Nu-Hope.
“I met Eugene Galindo in 1966. I was 8-years-old and had just had an ileostomy. My mother took me to be fitted for my first appliance. I used the products for the next 19 years. I will always remember the nice man that helped me so many years ago.” – Karen Legan-McDermott
When Ed passed away in 1959, Gene was only 20-years-old and still hadn’t finished college, but he was determined to carry on his father’s legacy. Gene, his mother Hope, and sister Louise worked together all day at the silk screening business and then visited hospitals in the evening to fit patients with Nu-Hope appliances. Over the years, they spent countless hours educating themselves about the different shapes and sizes of stomas. They recognized that each ostomate had unique needs, and they built a business based on this philosophy.
“I would like to express that the loss of Eugene is a huge one to the community of ostomates everywhere. I literally could not have lived back in 2000 without his unique, one-of-kind ostomy products.” – Jennifer Wilson
Gene went on to create hundreds of new ostomy products which helped Nu-Hope become a leader in the industry of custom-made appliances. He also developed state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to help reduce the cost of ostomy equipment and supplies. Gene lost his battle with cancer in 2006 at the age of 67. Gene’s son, Jeff, wanted everyone to remember his dad as a caring man who wanted to help as many people as possible.
“People would turn to my father when they had problems with their equipment or when nobody else could help them. The ostomy products available just didn’t work for them, so he customized the equipment to suit a particular need. It didn’t matter how difficult or how challenging, my father was determined to help as many people as possible.” – Jeff Galindo
The Galindo family legacy continues at Nu-Hope Laboratories.
Gene’s wife, Estelle “Mickey” Galindo, continues to work at Nu-Hope. She is a certified Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse and her expertise helps to ensure that all of Nu-Hope’s products continue to be the best ostomy products available. Today, the President of Nu-Hope Laboratories is Brad Galindo, the nephew of Gene Galindo. He spent many years learning from Gene and Mickey about the needs of ostomy patients and strives to carry on the 59-year Galindo family legacy.