Meet Lucas, the First Gerber Baby with Down Syndrome
Get ready for a HUGE dose of cute. Gerber has just announced its next "Gerber Baby." His name is Lucas Warren, he's 18-months old, and the internet can't get enough of him.
Gerber has been holding its annual contest for its infamous "spokesbaby" since the 1920s, and this year is the first year that the winner has Down syndrome. Lucas was chosen from among 140,000 entrants.
The company aims to choose a baby who exemplifies the notion that every baby is a Gerber baby:
Lucas got a lot of support for his new, important role:
Choosing a baby with Down syndrome will undoubtedly have a positive impact in ways we can't yet even imagine.
When a large, recognizable company like Gerber embraces people with disabilities, it can change the public's perception:
Baby Lucas will be featured on Gerber's social media, and he will receive a $50,000 award for winning the photo contest.
There is no way around it: Lucas has an infectious smile and joy about him, and a twinkle in his eye. He no doubt embodies what it means to be a Gerber baby, and his parents hope that he will someday be proud when he looks back at this moment of his life.