Extreme Makeover: Home Edition goes disease-hunting for its families:

Based on the ABC e-mail, it appears that victims of hate crimes and violent home invasions and families coping with the loss of a child killed by a drunk driver make for good television. And the show would also absolutely love to feature those battling skin cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and muscular dystrophy. Oh, and families with multiple children with Down Syndrome would be ideal, whether the kids are “either adopted or biological,” the e-mail notes. And, shooting the moon, the program’s “family casting director,” Charisse Simonian, would love to locate a kid suffering from Progeria, the rare condition that causes rapid aging in a child.