A Baby With The Down Syndrome Became The Gerber Baby

A Baby With The Down Syndrome Became The Gerber Baby

A Baby With The Down Syndrome Became The Gerber Baby

(The Gerber baby drawing goes back many more decades.) Within minutes, the engaging smile of the spunky new "spokesbaby" charmed the anchors and captured America's heart. "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 ideal fit", Pesident and CEO of Gerber, Bill Partyka, said in a statement on Wednesday. Their logo is the notorious Gerber Baby which depicts the 5-months-old face of Ann Turner Cook.

"Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber's long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby", Partyka said. Gerber chose the child's photo out of more than 140,000 submissions in the nationwide search. This is historic, as he is the first baby with Down's syndrome to be named as the Gerber baby in the contest's history.

As the Grand Prize victor, Lucas' family will receive $50,000 and be featured on Gerber's social media channels throughout the year.

Lucas' father, Jason Warren, said he hopes this will bring more acceptance for people with conditions such as Down syndrome.

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Courtney Warren, Lucas' mom, said that's she happy that Lucas has this platform to spread joy.

To celebrate the win, Lucas and his parents appeared on the Today Show on Wednesday.

"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", he told "Today".

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