Stolen teddy bear with voice of dying mother returned after actor Ryan Reynolds, celebrities offered $ 15,000 reward

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Mara Soriano’s mother, Marilyn Soriano, 53, passed away on June 29, 2019 from cancer. Mara Soriano said her mother gave her the bear, which includes a voicemail, shortly before her death.

During a hectic move last week, the bear was stolen outside the U-Haul that Soriano and his fiance hired to transport their belongings. It was packed in a bag with other valuables.

After CNN news partner CBC reported a story about the missing bear on Saturday, Soriano’s bear search quickly spread to social media and caught the actor’s attention. Ryan Reynolds.

Reynolds offered a reward of $ 5,000 for the bear’s return. Other celebrities including Dan Levy and Zach Braff have tweeted their feelings in hopes of reuniting Soriano with the bear.

After Reynolds’ offer, Soriano told CNN on Thursday that Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos and Kraft Peanut Butter each won $ 5,000, for a total reward of $ 15,000.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Soriano said the bear was returned to him by two Good Samaritans “without a scratch on it” and an intact voicemail box. The only thing missing were the bear’s glasses, a replica of the ones his mother wore.

“It means everything to me honestly,” Soriano said. “There was a part of me that thought I would never see her again, that’s for sure. It’s a big city, there were so many places she could have been, it was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. ”

“Now that I have him (the bear), I feel a little more optimistic and a little brighter,” she said. “Every time I look at this bear now, it’s just a reminder that my mom is really always with me, that she will always come back to me. ”

“In happier news… thanks to everyone who looked up and down,” Reynolds tweeted Wednesday. “To the person who took the bear, thank you for keeping it safe. Vancouver is awesome. ”

Security footage of Soriano’s building revealed a man taking the bag full of his valuables, according to CBC. The men who returned his bear told Soriano they found him in a nearby park.

Soriano spoke to Reynolds on Wednesday and said he transferred the award money to the men who found the bear. She said she was in contact with Stroumboulopoulos and Kraft Peanut Butter to get the Good Samaritans their full reward.

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