Emily Facemyer, who works for Gibbons & Kawash, attended the event and said the certified public accounting firm often organizes office fundraisers for autism.
"This year we're doing an in-house raffle and the money goes here," she said about the CLC. "Our director ... has an autistic son so it's something the firm has adopted as a passion."
While Nathan Ferrell turned down a blue cupcake he was offered on Tuesday, his mother said that because of therapy he will now eat things like pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches. For most of his life, Nathan would only eat pudding and yogurt, she said.
"Speech and language includes feeding and swallowing therapy," Martin noted.
"He speaks clearly, he eats, he's healthy and becoming stronger every day," Debbie Ferrell said, looking at her son.
"Can we leave now," Nathan asked her? "Pretty soon," she said with a smile.
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