UPDATE: Family of Gerber baby from Dalton shares special message - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

UPDATE: Family of Gerber baby from Dalton shares special message on Instagram

Posted: Updated:
Photo Credit: Gerber Photo Credit: Gerber

UPDATE: Gerber shared a special message from Lucas Warren, the 2018 Gerber baby, and his family on their Instagram account.

READ MORE | Former Gerber babies 'congratulate' Lucas, the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby

Gerber posted this sweet post Wednesday morning.

Lucas's family also shared a message thanking everyone for their love and support on Gerber's Instagram Story.

"Hey everyone, we just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the love and support," Lucas's mom, Cortney, said. "We're grateful for this opportunity, and we can't wait to share more of Lucas with you."


PREVIOUS STORY: The 2018 Gerber baby is Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia who is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby since the contest's start more than ninety years ago.

"He's very outgoing and never meets a stranger," Lucas's mom, Cortney, told TODAY Parents. "He loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh."

Cortney Warren said she entered the Gerber contest on a whim, after a relative pointed out an ad seeking submissions. After posting a photo of Lucas on Instagram using the contest's hashtag, Cortney and her husband, Jason, received the news that their son had been chosen from more than 140,000 entries to be the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby.

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

"Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber's longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby," said Partyka. "This year, Lucas is the perfect fit."

"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," dad Jason Warren said. "They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else."

Katie Driscoll is founder and president of Changing the Face of Beauty, a non-profit organization committed to advocating for equal representation of people with disabilities in adverting and media. Driscoll says brands like Gerber have the power to change the future of the disability community by valuing the minority as a consumer in their advertising.

"We believe if brands represent children with a disability, they are communicating their value to our society," said Driscoll. "Moves like this move us closer to a more inclusive world."

Cortney says she hopes her son will be seen not only as a baby with Down syndrome, but also as a funny, energetic child who loves music and socializing.

"He may have Down syndrome, but he's always Lucas first," said Cortney. "He's got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child... we're hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he'll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability."

  • NewsMore>>

  • TVA working on transmission lines

    TVA working on transmission lines

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 2:40 AM EDT2018-04-24 06:40:02 GMT
    TVA crews working on transmission lines starting Tuesday, April 24.More
    TVA crews working on transmission lines starting Tuesday, April 24. More
  • Remembering the victims of the Antioch shooting

    Remembering the victims of the Antioch shooting

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:24 AM EDT2018-04-23 05:24:32 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:52:20 GMT
    Four people were killed in the shooting early Sunday morning. (WSMV)Four people were killed in the shooting early Sunday morning. (WSMV)

    Police have identified the four victims killed at the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike early Sunday morning, all of whom were under 30 years old: Taurean Sanderlin, Joe Perez, DeEbony Groves, and Akilah Dasilva.

    More

    Police have identified the four victims killed at the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike early Sunday morning, all of whom were under 30 years old: Taurean Sanderlin, Joe Perez, DeEbony Groves, and Akilah Dasilva.

    More
  • 'It was life or death,' says man who snatched gunman's AR-15

    'It was life or death,' says man who snatched gunman's AR-15

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:15 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:15:12 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 8:09 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:09:52 GMT
    (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP). James Shaw Jr., shows his hand that was injured when he disarmed a shooter inside a Waffle House on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.   A gunman stormed the Waffle House restaurant and shot several peo...(Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP). James Shaw Jr., shows his hand that was injured when he disarmed a shooter inside a Waffle House on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. A gunman stormed the Waffle House restaurant and shot several peo...
    The man who wrestled the gun away from the Nashville's Waffle House shooting suspect says he decided if he was to die, gunman would "have to work to kill me.".More
    The man who wrestled the gun away from the Nashville's Waffle House shooting suspect says he decided if he was to die, gunman would "have to work to kill me.".More
Powered by Frankly