Mara Soriano’s mother, Marilyn Soriano, 53, died on June 29, 2019, after battling cancer. A Soriano woman said her mother cut off her bear, which includes a voice-recorded message, shortly before it passed.
In Wednesday’s tweet, Soriano said the bear had been sent back to her by two Good Samaritans “without scratches on it” and an intact voice box. The only thing missing were the bear’s glasses, a replica of the ones her mother wore.
“It just means everything honestly to me,” Soriano said. “There was a part of me that I thought I’d never see again, sure. It’s a big city, there were so many places it could have been, it was like trying to find a needle in the haystack.”
“Now that I’ve found her (the bear), I feel a little more hopeful and a little stronger,” she said. “Every time I look at that bear now it’s just a reminder that my mother really is with me forever, that she always comes back to me.”
Security footage from Soriano’s apartment building revealed a man who took the bag packed with her valuables, according to CBC. The men who returned her bear told Soriano that they found her in a nearby parking lot.
Soriano spoke to Reynolds on Wednesday and said he wired the prize money to the men who found the bear. She said she is in touch with Stroumboulopoulos and Kraft Peanut Butter to get the Good Samaritans their full prize.