Lucas Warren, 18-month-old baby from Dalton, Georgia, has been declared the winner of the annual Gerber Baby Photo Search.
As the Grand Prize winner, Lucas’ family will receive $50,000, he will be given the coveted title of 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby and take a front seat on Gerber’s social media channels throughout the year.
According to Gerber, Warren becomes the “first child with Down syndrome to attain the title of Gerber Baby”.
“Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby. 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 perfect fit,” Pesident and CEO of Gerber, Bill Partyka, said in a statement on Wednesday.
As many as 140,000 photos of babies were considered for the grand prize.
Lucas’s mother hoped that the spotlight on her child could “sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have the potential to change the world.”