A six-year-old boy from Ohio breaks down in tears after hearing his beloved grandfather’s voice in a custom-made Build-A-Bear given by his mother.
Jessica Turpin recorded the heart-wrenching moment on video as she gave her son Ryan the custom-made bear to make him feel better.
The video, which was filmed on June 13, shows Ryan being handed over a Build-A-Bear birth certificate while his mother reads its contents.
Ryan, who had been battling Leukemia since 2018 was very close to his grandfather Bubba Lou, who passed away in May to COVID-19 induced complications.
The boy was already in tears as he received and clutched the bear, and continued to cry upon hearing his grandfather’s voice, which was recorded from old voice mail messages compiled by his mother.
“Ryan loves stuffed animals so I decided to make him a custom Build-A-Bear,” said Jessica.
“I took some old voicemails that I had on my phone from his grandfather and mashed them together to make a nice recording for Ryan.”
The boy listens intently to the voice recording before saying, “Thank you Grandpa. I miss you Grandpa.”
“I am always thinking about you and I cry because I really miss you. I love you Grandpa. I never stopped loving you. I never stopped.”
According to Jessica, Ryan and Bubba Lou were very close and shared a love of “going to high school sporting events together.”
Ryan was devastated by the loss of his grandfather, which is why Jessica was determined to lift her son’s spirits and searched for the perfect gift.
“Ryan loves stuffed animals so I decided to make him a custom Build-A-Bear,” she said.
She wanted to find the perfect gift that would bring Ryan comfort during hard times, and decided to place the recording inside the bear dressed in something similar to Bubba Lou’s go-to sporting apparel.