The first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby for the year appeared on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday with a big smile.
One-year-old Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia was named the winner of Gerber’s 2018 Spokesbaby contest, becoming the first child with Down syndrome to win the title since it began in 2010. He was chosen from more than 140,000 entries
Warren’s parents, Cortney and Jason, said they entered their son on a whim and were stunned that he won. They added that they are very proud of Lucas and happy that his win may help others with disabilities be accepted by society.
Baby Lucas Warren is this year's winner of the Gerber Baby contest.
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“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,” Jason Warren said. “They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.” . . .
“Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby,” [Bill] Partyka said. “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.” (Read more from “Gerber Contest Selects Baby with Down Syndrome as the Winner” HERE)