For the last eight years, Gerber has had a contest to find the cutest baby. Parents submit photos of their little ones in the hopes that their baby will be the winner to become the spokesperson for Gerber.
Along with winning the competition and becoming the spokesperson for a year, Gerber Baby winners get a cash prize of $50,000.
While some darling babies have won the competition in the past, there’s something special about this year’s winner. Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia is an 18-month-old child with Down Syndrome.
Over 140,000 photos of babies were entered into this year’s competition. Out of all of them, a panel of judges chose Lucas as the one who best exemplifies Gerber’s heritage.
“Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby,” shared Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber. “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.”
Lucas’ mother, Courtney Warren, entered Lucas into the competition on a whim. A relative showed her the competition. All that was required was for her to post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag. Several weeks later, they were contacted that Lucas won.
Courtney shared, “He’s very outgoing and never meets a stranger. He loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh.” It’s not hard to believe after you see Lucas’ sweet smile in the photo that was entered into the competition.
“We’re hoping this will impact everyone,” Lucas’ father, Jason, shared. “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. They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”
What a sweet baby! We’re excited to see what Lucas accomplishes this year as Gerber’s spokesbaby.
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