Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dating Site Is Good Medicine for Those Ailing

Online dating sites such as and eHarmony draw millions with a promise of replacing chance meetings with a targeted computer search for a soul mate. Now there's, a dating Web site "for people with special conditions."

Launched last year, it was created by Ricky Durham in memory of his brother, James Keith Durham, who died in 2004 after a 15-year battle with Crohn's disease.

"He couldn't meet people," remembers Durham. "He had a colostomy bag, so he didn't feel comfortable meeting people." Things might have been different, Durham believes, if his brother had been able to find somebody who shared -- and understood -- his illness. The Web site allows users to do just that by searching according to different conditions, such as AIDS, infertility and obesity.

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