(CNN)The teddy bear wore a red and white dress with a white jean jacket. Like other stuffed animals, it was a relic of its owner Mara Soriano's past.
But for the 28-year-old Vancouver resident, the bear wasn't just a forgotten object. It carried a message: Her dying mother's final voice recording to her.
Last week, amid a hectic move, the bear -- packed in a bag with other valuables -- was stolen from outside of the U-Haul Soriano and her fiance had rented to pack their belongings.
"It was so important to me because she had a recording on it that was specifically just for me that said she loved me, she was proud of me, and she'll always be with me," Soriano told CNN. "I hugged it every time I missed her."
Now, Soriano is searching for the bear -- and others, including a handful of celebrities, are trying to help.
The bear's last whereabouts
Soriano's mom, Marilyn Soriano, died on June 29, 2019, after battling cancer. She was 53. Soriano said her mom gifted her the bear, which includes a voice recorded message, shortly before her passing. The bear is also wearing black frame glasses just like her mom did.
"It was her signature look," Soriano said.
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