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Meet Lucas, first Gerber baby with Down syndrome

Meet Lucas, first Gerber baby with Down syndrome

(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.

Kristin Wooten, a spokesperson for Gerber, told CNN, "Every year, since the beginning of the Gerber Baby Photo Search, we choose the baby who exemplifies Gerber's longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby, and Lucas is a ideal fit".

Lucas Warren of Dalton, Georgia, won Gerber's annual photo contest over 140,000 entries with his "winning smile and joyful expression", Gerber Chief Executive Bill Partyka said in a statement.

This cutie made history Wednesday.

The Gerber Baby contest started in 1927, shortly after the company was founded.

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

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Lucas will receive $50,000 and be featured in the company's social media posts.

Lucas is the first child chosen to be a Gerber "Spokesbaby" to have Down syndrome.

"He may have Down syndrome, but he's always Lucas first".

His mother, Cortney Warren, entered the contest on a whim, NBC's "Today" reported.

His parents hope that Lucas will help people realize that those with special needs are really no different from other children, and that they don't need to be defined by their disability. Congratulations, Lucas! Looking forward to seeing your sweet smiling face all year!


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