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Ryan Reynolds Offers $5k Reward For Return Of Stolen Teddy Bear Containing Recording Of Woman’s Late Mother

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Ryan Reynolds has made a career out of playing super heroes in the movies. Now, he’s attempting to be one in real life.

Reynolds has joined the search for a cherished teddy bear stolen from a woman from his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, by offering a $5000 reward to anyone with information on the bear’s whereabouts.

Reynolds began his branch of the search by tweeting the woman’s story out to his more than 16 million followers with a “no questions asked” plea for help.

The woman, 28-year-old Mara Soriano, is desperate to find the stolen stuffed animal because it contains a recording of her mother, who passed away from cancer in June 2019, telling her:

“I love you, I’m proud of you, I’ll always be with you.”

The bear was stolen along with a backpack of Soriano’s while she and her fiancé were moving apartments on Friday, according to Canada’s CBC News.

And it wasn’t just the bear that was lost. The backpack also contained the kind of items that would put most of us in a cold panic if we lost them: blank checks, Soriano’s citizenship card, her and her fiancé’s passports and their insurance cards. To make matters worse, the bag also contained an iPad and a Nintendo Switch.

But despite all those important and expensive goods, it’s the teddy bear Soriano is most desperate to reclaim: her mother gave it to her shortly before she went into hospice care.

Speaking to CBC, Soriano said:

“At hospice her voice was different. Much softer. Not the mom I grew up with. That bear is the last memory I have of her speaking in her normal voice.”

“It just makes me feel devastated. I’m absolutely crushed.”

On Twitter, people were deeply touched by Mara’s story and Reynolds’s offer.

 

 

And several people even offered to throw in more money and up Reynolds’s reward amount. 

 

Hopefully with all this attention, Mara and her bear will be reunited in no time.

If anyone can do it, it’s Deadpool!

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Written by John Sundholm

John Sundholm is a writer, video producer and performer originally from Michigan, and is one of those people who says he "lived in London for a while" even though it was only six weeks for study abroad. He made Ellen DeGeneres laugh once so you should probably follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Medium, where he does a lot of yelling under the name @JohntheCraptist.