Meet Lucas, the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome

Welcome, Lucas!

The 2018 Gerber Baby was announced Wednesday morning. Chosen was the first Down syndrome baby since the company's contest launched 90 years ago.

Lucas, 1, was entered on a whim by his parents Cortney and Jason Warren who had heard of the contest through a relative. The smiling little boy beat out 140,000 other young applicants after his photo was posted to Instagram, along with the contest's hashtag.

As you can see, Lucas captured the heart of thousands, including executives from Gerber.

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

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

RELATED: Twitter has the best reactions to Gerbers' announcement:

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Love the choice for the next Gerber Baby! ❤️ https://t.co/6voQAaOzfl
.@TODAYshow reveals new #GerberBaby. Congratulations #Gerber for boldly choosing a #DownSyndromeBaby. https://t.co/fmwmRwjyH3
The new face of the Gerber baby is Lucas, the first baby with Down syndrome to be chosen... Heart's melting... Than… https://t.co/skQuHm51Vr
Gerber Baby 👶 contest winner....a beautiful boy who happens to have DS. The is one of many for special needs kids… https://t.co/o9qEuom3O1
Go, Lucas, Gerber's 2018 baby! @GerberLife #Downsyndrome https://t.co/aeq10C7djQ
Absolute favorite story of the day. First Gerber Baby with Down Syndrome. Amazing. Congrats Baby Lucas! https://t.co/QPraDclQas
Friends from my hometown are on the @TODAYshow showing off their sweet kiddo Lucas as the new Gerber baby!! Jared,… https://t.co/ZRtocAb7tD
Gerber Baby picking the very first Down Syndrome baby melts my ❤️
The time for change is now. Thank you Gerber for recognizing the value of our consumerism and the importance of... https://t.co/M0PyKrei8v
Baby Lucas was picked as the new Gerber baby thanks to his adorable smile and giggle! https://t.co/IVivSjnwi8
Crying in Russell bc Gerber announced their first ever Down syndrome gerber baby. Yay for good in the world!
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Echoed Jason, "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. They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else."

As the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby, Lucas will be awarded $50,000. It's a sum the Warrens plan to put towards Lucas' education.

RELATED: Notable faces with Down syndrome:

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Actress Lauren Potter arrives at the 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (KIDSCHOICE-ARRIVALS)
Actor Luke Zimmerman arrives at Performing Arts Studio West First Annual Awards Gala held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 30, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Jamie Brewer attends Variety's Power of Women Luncheon 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Nominees for Documentary, producer Will Jessop and actor Tommy Jessop for 'Growing Up Down's' attend 43rd International Emmy Awards at New York Hilton on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 26: LIFE GOES ON - 'Corky Witnesses a Crime' - Season One - 11/26/89, Corky (Christopher Burke, right) became disillusioned with Tyler and Coach Delano after the coach struck a student., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: (L-R) Presenter Carl Lewis, Humanitarian Award honoree Timothy Shriver, actor Edward Barbanell and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg attend The Fashion Group International's 23rd Annual Night of Stars at Cipriani's 42nd Street, October 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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