Gerber's first "spokesbaby" with Down Syndrome
Lucas Warren was chosen as Gerber's 2018 baby. He's the first baby with Down syndrome to be chosen.
Say hello to baby Lucas Warren. The one-year-old from Georgia just became Gerber’s first spokesbaby with Down syndrome, according to Today. Warren, who won the company’s photo contest to become the 2018 Gerber baby, came up on top after more than 140,000 entries.
“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber told Today. “This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”
“We’re hoping this will impact everyone — that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and help more individuals with special needs be accepted and not limited,” dad Jason Warren told Today. “They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”
Mother Cortney Warren said she saw an ad from Gerber about the contest and entered on a “whim.” After using the hashtag on Instagram, the family was told their baby boy would be named 2018’s Gerber Spokesbaby. “He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” Cortney said. “He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child … we’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”