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Art Van Furniture Joins with ‘Days of our Lives’ Cast Members to Aid Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Genesis House III

WARREN, Mich., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Art Van Furniture is teaming up with cast members from the long running daytime drama “Days of our Lives” and local NBC affiliate WDIV Channel 4 to help Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries- Genesis House III. Truckloads of furniture including 50 mattress sets, bed frames, night stands and dressers will arrive next week at the Genesis House III compliments of Art Van Furniture.

To celebrate this campaign and draw attention to the cause, “Days of our Lives” cast members Shawn Christian (“Dr. Daniel Jonas”) and Nadia Bjorlin (“Chloe Lane”) will make personal appearances at four Art Van Furniture stores for autographs and photos on January 16 (12 noon to 1pm at the Warren store and 3pm to 4pm at the Taylor store) and January 17 (12 noon to 1pm at the Lakeside store and 3pm to 4pm at the Novi store). Directions and details can be found at http://www.artvan.com.

Guests can also enter to win a trip for two to Los Angeles for a special tour of the set of the popular daytime drama, thanks to WDIV and the Producers of “Days of our Lives.” The trip will be awarded to one lucky winner who enters now through January 18th, either in store at any Art Van location, or on the website at www.artvan.com.

Everyone is invited to help make a difference, through donations of toiletries and cleaning supplies at all Metro Detroit area Art Van Furniture stores from January 8th through January 18th. Donation items needed include travel sized shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, soap and washcloths, as well as laundry and dish soap.

“These donations will benefit the lives of hundreds of homeless women and children,” said Art Van Elslander, Chairman and Founder of Art Van Furniture. “Providing a few of the comforts of home – even just the little things – can make a big difference.”

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries’ Genesis House III provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, treatment and case management services to women and children in need. The actors became involved in the cause during an earlier visit to Detroit, when they toured the facility and participated in a food donation drive for DRMM. Shawn Christian, a Michigan native, commented, “It was an amazing experience travelling to Detroit this past November.
I felt like we did a lot for the community but realized that there was much more that could be done.”

Fellow cast member Nadia Bjorlin added, “In Detroit, I met many truly inspirational people who were struggling to put their lives back together. I choose to put my focus here in an effort to help them where I can. The important thing, though, is to be cognizant of the need for community service in Detroit and around our entire nation.”

Days of our Lives Talent & Fan Search

Nadia attended the Days of our Lives Talent & Fan Search on November 11-14, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The fan and charity events took place at several different sites throughout Detroit and included Nadia’s Days co-stars Bryan Dattilo, Shawn Christian, Shelley Hennig, and James Reynolds.

On November 11 (Veterans Day), the stars visited veterans at the John D. Dingell V.A. Medical Center (ARTICLE), visited and performed at the Motown Historical Museum (ARTICLE/VIDEO), and appeared at a Detroit Pistons game. Nadia performed God Bless America, while recognizing local veterans.

On November 12, Nadia and crew visited the Genesis House III women’s shelter to distribute food, to donate quilts and toys, and to also read to the kids.

On November 13, Nadia and the cast took part in the Talent and Fan Search at MGM Grand Detroit.

On November 14, the Talent and Fan Search concluded, and the stars gathered with the winners at a Detroit Red Wings game.

POZ Aids Walk Los Angeles

Nadia attended the POZ Aids Walk at h.wood in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2009.

Evening with the Stars Charity Event

Nadia attended the Evening with the Stars charity event benefiting the Desi Geestman Foundation at the Gilmore Adobe in Los Angeles, California on October 10, 2009.

Evening with the Stars Charity Event

Nadia and other Days of our Lives stars appeared at the Evening with the Stars charity event held at the Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel and Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts on August 22, 2009.  The proceeds benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Days of our Lives Fan Weekend 2009

Nadia attended the 20th Annual Days of our Lives Celebrity Basketball Game on May 29, 2009.

On May 30, 2009, Nadia also held a special fan event benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  All events took place in Southern California.

OneKid OneWorld’s Shop for a Cause

Nadia attended the OneKid OneWorld’s Shop for a Cause at Vince Clothing on May 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Evening with the Stars

Nadia attended the Evening with the Stars Benefit for the Desi Geestman Foundation on October 11, 2008.  The benefit took place at the Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, California.

Darin Brooks’ Pre-Emmy/Charity Event

Nadia attended Darin Brooks’ (Days of our Lives co-star) Pre-Emmy and charity event that benefited the ‘Tag the World’ charity on June 13, 2008.

Childhood Cancer Lifeline Charity Event

Nadia appeared at the Childhood Cancer Lifeline Charity Event at the downtown Marriott in Hartford, Connecticut on March 15, 2008.  Also appearing at the event was James Scott, Martha Madison, Brandon Beemer, Jay Kenneth Johnson and Judi Evans.

Pink Carpet Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Nadia attended a special pink carpet event for breast cancer awareness at Shag in Hollywood, California on September 14, 2007.

Green Dog Films Benefit

Nadia attended a Benefit held by Green Dog Films to aid the Women of Juárez and Amazon Watch. The event was held on July 23, 2005 at “The Day After” in Los Angeles. Nadia was seen with Days of our Lives co-star Farah Fath and Sex, Love and Secrets co-star, James Stevenson.

Las Vegas Celebrities 4 Charity

Nadia appeared at the 3rd Annual Las Vegas Celebrities 4 Charity the weekend of February 25-26, 2005.

Nadia Bjorlin: Light the Night® Official Ambassador

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Nadia Bjorlin named as the official ambassador for “Light the Night” – August 9, 2002

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced that it has named “Days of our Lives” star Nadia Bjorlin as its official ambassador for this year’s “Light The Night®” Walk. Light The Night is the Society’s annual evening event to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Funds raised support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Nationwide, 220 walks are held by the Society’s 60 chapters.

Bjorlin plays Chloe Lane on “Days of our Lives,” which airs on NBC. Chloe is a reclusive musical prodigy who’s the long lost daughter of the vivacious, saucy Nancy Wesley (Patrika Darbo). This summer, Chloe began a battle with leukemia, and the outcome of her illness has yet to be determined. The “Days of our Lives” writing team is working closely with the Society as it advances the plot.

Unfortunately, the battle against this disease is familiar, difficult terrain for Bjorlin. Her father, Swedish maestro Ulf Bjorlin, Sr. passed away from leukemia in 1993. He was renowned for his dramatic musical compositions and conducting prowess, holding posts with the Stockholm Opera, the Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and Sweden’s National College of Musical Drama. He recorded for EMI and was known for ‘cherishing the artistic and elegant entertainment inherent in serious forms of music.’ Nadia was just 13 when he died.

“My family understands the pain of struggling with a loved one who’s suffering from a blood-related cancer, and we seek to support those who are working to find a cure,” said Bjorlin. “As an ambassador for Light The Night, I’m honored to represent The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help raise funds for vital research and the patient and family services the Society provides.”

As the official Light The Night Ambassador, Bjorlin will make public appearances on behalf of the Society at key Light The Night Walks. Additionally, she will serve as the spokesperson for a series of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society public service announcements that will air nationally and regionally on NBC Television, the network home to “Days of our Lives.” She’ll also appear on walk entry forms that will be distributed nationally, including in the 450 retail locations of Light The Night partner Mrs. Fields Cookies.

“Nadia is uniquely suited for both of the roles she’s playing right now as Chloe and as our Official Ambassador,” said Dwayne Howell, President and CEO, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “We believe her ability to reach a significant cross-section of the American population will increase participation in and support for Light The Night. We’re happy that Days of our Lives has so thoroughly supported our cause and that Nadia’s come on board.”

Light The Night is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s nationwide evening walk. Walkers carry illuminated balloons — white for survivors and red for supporters. Funds raised will support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.


SoapTalk (SoapNet) appearance

On Tuesday, August 13, Nadia appeared on SoapNet’s SoapTalk — co-hosted by Days’ own Lisa Rinna (Billy). Here’s a summary of Nadia’s appearance from SoapTalk’s Web site:

Nadia Bjorlin plays Chloe on Days of our Lives. Nadia’s current storyline hits close to home. Her character was just diagnosed with Leukemia. Nadia’s father passed away from the same disease. Nadia admits that at first, her scenes were very hard to play and she was scared to do them. She had to take it as an actor’s challenge even though it was tough because she had to relive some of the experiences that she went through with her dad. Nadia has learned a lot from playing this storyline. Nadia is touched that many fans have donated money in Nadia’s father’s name to the Leukemia Society.

On a lighter note, Lisa brings up Kevin Spirtas and Patrika Darbo. As Lisa says, Kevin is a kick in the pants. Nadia thinks that they are the best people to work with. Nadia confirms that after playing a prank on Kevin, he chased her naked through the studio as Patrika howled with laughter. Nadia admits that she has a crush on both Ewan MacGregor and Jude Law. Other than the obvious, she thinks that they are both so talented — and the accents don’t hurt either!

Speaking of talented, Nadia shared hers with the SoapTalk audience and sings — in German — a stunning a capella rendition of “Ave Maria”.


TV Guide Online

Nadia Bjorlin has been experiencing some heavy emotional moments portraying Chloe’s bout with leukemia on Days of Our Lives. Even before the story got intense, her onscreen mom, Patrika Darbo (Nancy) was feeling for the young actress. Knowing that Bjorlin’s real-life father, Ulf Bjorlin Sr., succumbed to the illness, Darbo planned to offer her TV daughter an extra dose of TLC.

“I knew this storyline was going to be a little tough for Nadia because of her dad,” she told TV Guide Online. “I always had that in the back of my mind.” Darbo’s answer was to experience any painful memories right along with Bjorlin. “There’s going to be an empathy in Patrika, knowing that what’s happening to Nadia will bring back a loss that she’s already been through,” she candidly shared. Days of Our Lives will air a fictitious “Light the Night Walk,” a fundraising effort that benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, on Sept. 20. The dedicated actresses will both participate in real Light the Night Walks (lightthenight.org) throughout California beginning Sept. 27.


New York Daily News

“I am the ambassador for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” says Nadia Bjorlin, who plays Chloe and whose father (conductor and composer Ulf Bjorlin) died of leukemia. “I have gotten to do some public service announcements, which has been a really good thing, since my family was so affected by this disease.”

The only problem with the episode?

“My character is not even in the ‘Light the Night’ walk!” Bjorlin says. “Chloe is stuck in North Dakota looking for her biological father with Brady, trying to find a bone marrow match. She is supposed to be back in time but she doesn’t make it.”

Chloe does, however, end up in a sleeping bag with Brady.

“Philip will always be her first love,” Bjorlin says, referring to her character’s recently booted boyfriend. “She’s very heartbroken, obviously, that she has been betrayed once again. But this has been a long time coming. Ooh, la la.”

Bjorlin knows that rabid “Days” fans – divided into two camps, PHLOE (for Philip and Chloe) and BROE (for Brady and Chloe) – will be upset.

Of course, Chloe and Brady will grow closer, culminating in a big moment at her 18th birthday party.

Getting closer with Brady won’t rock her character. “I’ve been naked in the stables with Philip, so it’s no big deal,” she says.