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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.