Georgia toddler with Down syndrome named 2018 Gerber baby
DALTON, Ga. - After a nationwide search, Gerber has found this year's Gerber Spokesbaby, 18-month-old Lucas Warren from Dalton, Ga.
Baby Lucas was picked out of more than 140,000 entries to the contest thanks to his adorable smile and giggle.
He is also making history as the first winner of the Gerber Baby Photo Search to have Down syndrome.
“Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby,” said Bill Partyka, Gerber's president and CEO. "Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber's longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”
Courtney Warren, Lucas' mom, said that's she happy that Lucas has this platform to spread joy.
"We hope this opportunity sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have the opportunity to change the world – just like our Lucas!" she said.
According to the family, Lucas loves a capella and has just started signing the word "more" in American Sign Language. His dad has been in the Georgia National Guard for six years helping repair helicopters, and his mom works part-time.
As the new Gerber grand prize winner, Lucas will be named the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby and his family will receive $50,000, which his parents are going to put toward his education.
The first Gerber baby was Ann Turner Cook, who celebrated her 91st birthday last year. Gerber launched its Photo Search contest in 2010 and has annually been choosing a baby to represent their brand.