2018 Gerber baby winner is Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia.  Lucas is the first baby with Down syndrome to be the Gerber baby.

“He’s very outgoing He loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh.”

Cortney Warren entered the Gerber Contest on a “whim” she never expected her son to be chosen.  But out of the 140,000 entries to be the 2018 Gerber Spokes Baby he was the winner.

After posting a photo of Lucas on Instagram, Cortney and her husband, Jason received the news that their son had been chosen.

“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” said  Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber.

“This year, Lucas

is the perfect fit.”

Kate Driscoll is founder and president of Changing The Face Of Beauty said that brands like Gerber have the power to change the future. Moves like this will bring us closer to a more inclusive world where a disability is valued.

“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 said. “They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.

“He has Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” said Cortney. “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.”

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