Gerber would like to introduce to you the 2018 Gerber baby, 1-year old Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia. Gerber made history when they named Lucas to represent the brand. He is the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome in the company’s ninety years history.
Lucas’ mother, Cortney Warren entered her son in the yearly contest on a fluke after a relative showed her an ad that the baby company was looking for submissions. More than 140,000 babies were entered for the contest and Cortney and Jason’s son Lucas was the chosen Gerber baby.
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Cortney said of her son, “He’s very outgoing and never meets a stranger. He loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh.”
CEO and president of Gerber, Bill Partyka says it was Lucas’s smile and the sparkle in his expression that won the hearts of the Gerber team.
Partyka said, “Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby. This year, Lucas Warren is the perfect fit.”
Lucas father Jason Warren said, “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 not limited. They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”
But Cortney doesn’t want the public just to see Lucas as the boy with Down syndrome. She hopes people see that special sparkle that Lucas has inside, which, is a fun, playful little boy who loves people and music.
“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first. 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.”
Lucas will be awarded $50,000 for winning the grand prize, which Cortney and Jason will put towards Lucas education. Along with the cash prize, you can stay up to date with what Lucas is up to. Gerber will share the 1-year-old’s milestones over the next year on their various social media platforms.
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