Meet The First-Ever Gerber Spokesbaby With Down Syndrome
Gerber baby is a trademark logo for the Gerber products company and it produces baby food.
Each year, an online photo contest is held for the Gerber’s spokesbaby position, and this year, the winner of the contest is the first-ever Gerber Baby with down syndrome
Lucas Warren, who is one-and-a-half-year-old is the 2018 Gerber spokesbaby. He is from Dalton, Georgia.
( Lucas smiles in the photo that won him the contest.) Source: Gerber
His parents, Cortney and Jason, entered him into Gerber’s contest on a whim, after Lucas’s godmother gave them a flyer and convinced them he was too cute to pass up. They submitted his photo on Instagram, and a few months later found out he would represent Gerber for 2018. Lucas was chosen from more than 140,000 entries for the title of Gerber Spokesbaby, and his family will receive $50,000 for the grand prize.
“I’ve never seen anybody come in contact with Lucas and not smile,” his mom said.
( Cortney, Lucas and Jason.) Source: Gerber
The president and CEO of Gerber, Bill Partyka, said in an announcement:
“Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year,
“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby.”
Lucas loves playing peek-a-boo, watching Disney shows, and listening to music, particularly a capella. He just recently learned to clap, and started signing the word “more” in American Sign Language. And when he went on a whirlwind tour of New York City on Wednesday to announce his new job, Lucas was a cool customer; his parents said he even slept through the flight from Georgia without a problem. “He’s very bubbly. He loves people,” Cortney says. “I’ve never seen anybody come in contact with Lucas and not smile.”
“We want him to be a role model to others,
“We want everybody to think, ‘Hey, Lucas has Down syndrome, what can I do [to help the cause]?’ We hope it snowballs from there.”
For the next year, Lucas will make appearances on Gerber’s social media channels, so there will be far more cute photos to come.
Jason and Cortney said:
“When he grows up and we can teach him and show him all he did over the next year, I hope that it gives him confidence. He can do anything he wants,
“We’ll be here with him every step of the way to do it.”
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