Christine & Matt in Danville, CA
When Christine Hernandez Ang was set up with Matthew Eary by a fellow classmate in grad school at UC Berkley, it was because that friend thought they’d make a great match -- as carpoolers. And Matt did occasionally give his neighbor Christine a lift when her car was being worked on.
Christine Hernandez, 30, city planner
Matthew Eary, 32, regional economist
Soon the chemistry extended past rush hour and, after several months, they began dating, in 1999. Their love was tested and strengthened in 2001, when Matt was diagnosed with and treated for a brain tumor. Matt and Christine talked before one of his surgeries and they decided it was time to get married. He gave her the engagement ring his father had given to his mother.
- Miles Stiverson