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Georgia toddler with Down syndrome named 2018 Gerber baby

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“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 mom, Cortney Warren.

"Lucas' winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby", Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber, said in a statement. This year's victor is 1-year-old Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia.

With his contagious smile and adorable bowtie, Lucas was chosen out of 140,000 entries to be this year's Gerber spokesbaby.

Corrections and Clarifications: A previous version of this story misstated when the Gerber baby contest started. Since then, 91 babies have been the face of the baby food brand. So far, Barker says there have been no confirmed orders for the proposal, but he says that he's had several "very interested" people call to find out more. What makes it so incredibly special is that Lucas is the first baby in the history of the contest who has Down Syndrome.

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

According to reports, Lucas' mother did not expect him to win the title. The Warren family will receive $50,000 from Gerber, and Lucas will take "a front seat" on the company's social media channels.

"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", Jason Warren told "Today".

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