Special Needs: Lucas, the Gerber Baby
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a child with special needs? Lucas Warren’s parents worried that he would be bullied because he has Down Syndrome. One day, “on a whim,” his mom decided to enter Lucas’ picture in the Gerber Baby contest. Guess what happened? Lucas won! His parents hope it will “Shine a light on special needs children. He gets to spread so much joy and love to everybody.”
When Lucas’ Mom, Courtney, was asked what makes her baby so special, she said “He smiles all the time. He’s always happy.’
Lucas’ Dad, Jason, shared this statement during a recent interview:
“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,” the father said. “They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”
Jason also said he’s hoping that when Lucas is older, he’ll realize all of the things he’s been able to do, starting with being chosen “The Gerber Baby in 2018.”
One of the benefits of becoming the Gerber Baby is the $50,000 prize. Lucas’ parents will save it for their little boy’s education. In case you’re not familiar with the Gerber Baby contest, it started in 1928, but during the past eight years, a baby is chosen for the honor. Lucas is the first baby with Down Syndrome to win that title.
Hooray for Lucas and his family. I hope it opens doors to other parents of special needs children so they see how endearing and precious children with Down Syndrome are. May people focus on what is possible for special needs children. Amazing things can happen and I hope wonderful new adventures await Lucas and his family. Keep breaking those barriers, Lucas. You’re off to a great start.
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