Celebrities join B.C. woman’s stolen teddy bear hunt with dying mother’s recorded voice


“Mara, I love you, I’m so proud of you, I’ll always be with you.”Those words, contained in a voice recording in a teddy bear, are the last thing Mara Soriano of Vancouver had from her mother who died of cancer last year.

They are now gone – looted by an opportunistic thief on Friday – and Soriano begs the city to help him find his memory.

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Ryan Reynolds, perhaps the city’s most famous celebrity exporter, even offered to help.

Until Friday, Soriano had kept the bear safe at home, counting on him to comfort her in times of need or when he missed his family in Ontario.

“Every time I missed (my mom) I would kiss this bear and listen to this recording,” she told Global News.

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“It was so important to me that I kept it with the rest of our important documents, with our passports, with our social insurance numbers.”

This is where the bear was when a thief caught it on Friday.

Soriano and her fiance were moving into a new apartment in the city’s West End when a friend who was coming to help him was hit by a car.

Mara and her mother.

Mara and her mother.

Mara Soriano

Soriano panicked and rushed to the scene of the crash, dropping his Herschel backpack with his valuables, including an iPad, Nintendo Switch, key documents and the bear.

Her fiancé continued to work, not realizing that Soriano had not taken the bag with her.

The friend, luckily, was fine, but the priceless bear was gone.

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“Within five minutes of putting him down and he unloading the U-haul, that person had taken the bag,” she said.

The search for the bear has gone viral.

Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to offer a $ 5,000 reward for his comeback.

George Stroumboulopoulos followed with an offer of $ 5,000 more.

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“I immediately started to sob. It’s crazy, ”Soriano said of the outpouring of public support.

“I never thought something like this would happen to me.”

In the meantime, she asks whoever has the teddy bear to turn it over – no questions asked.

“Please return the bear.” I don’t care about the iPad and the bag… I can replace my passport, ”she said.

“I just want my bear to come back. It’s my last thing I have from my mom that reminds me of her.

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