Gerber announces first "spokesbaby" with down syndrome

Bryan Strickland
February 9, 2018

The victor of Gerber's annual photo search, which began in 2010, was revealed on NBC's "Today Show" on Wednesday morning.

His photo was chosen out of more than 140,000 submissions.

He is also making history as the first victor of the Gerber Baby Photo Search to have Down syndrome.

"It brings to mind what Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to touch the moon said, "It's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", said Fuller".

Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber, says Lucas's smile and happy expression captured the hearts of the Gerber team.

"Having this role model with this gorgeous little boy, Lucas, who you can just tell he's full of life and sparkle and energy".

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"I think our society is finally coming around to the idea that we need to value and respect every single human being".

"This is such a proud moment for us as parents knowing that Lucas has a platform to spread joy, not only to those he interacts with every day, but to people all over the country", said Lucas's mom, Cortney Warren.

In reward, the baby and his parents will get a $50,000 check.

The Gerber Baby 2018 photo contests also named 12 other winners in the "Giggles and Wiggles" and "Best Dressed" categories.

The company has been holding this contest since 1927, year-after-year, without interruption.

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