Mara Soriano: Stolen teddy bear with dying mum's message found

Brenda Watkins
July 30, 2020

Canadian media personality George Stroumboulopoulos also offered a reward for the bear's return, while talk show host Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos pleaded for whoever had the keepsake to get it back to Soriano.

The message was recorded by Marilyn shortly before she moved into a hospice, but the bear vanished after Mara momentarily left it in a bag outside her new flat while moving in.

After a year-and-a-half of treatment, Soriano's mom died last June.

Once she went in to the hospice, Soriano said, her voice changed and became softer, less familiar. "I'm so grateful for the outreach", Soriano said Monday.

Soriano said the men who returned the bear told her they found it in Vancouver's Strathcona Park.

Her mom had put the toy together at Build-A-Bear adding glasses and a jacket like the ones she used to wear, Soriano said.

"Of course, I jumped on it, because it was a lead", she said.

Given to her as a Christmas present, the bear had inside the only recorded message she had of her mom. After four days, Mara Soriano, 28, was reunited with the plush keepsake, which is said to be in "perfect condition".

"Mama Bear's home", she said.

The Good Samaritans told Soriano they saw security footage she had posted online, recognized the person seen taking the backpack containing the bear and got it back from him, she said.

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'And he just took the bag and ran'.

"They liberated her", Soriano said of the bear.

Reynolds had offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who could help rejoin the bear and woman.

"It's a reminder of home", she said.

"I didn't think she would come back, but she did".

'It was just absolutely crushing to me that that was the one thing that was stolen from us, ' Soriano said.

A backpack belonging to Vancouver's Mara Soriano was stolen from an alley while she was in the middle of a move.

Marilyn Soriano was diagnosed with cancer about 10 years ago when Mara was 18 years old.

"The bear has a message in it in Filipino".

"I feel like she would have said "I told you so". "So it's very specific and very unique". "She and I are both criers - we can't speak, we both just start crying when something awesome like this happens". That's all that I care about'.

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