McDonald's night to benefit Auburn boy with leukemia

AUBURN, Wash. - Schoolteachers will be working the drive-through and taking orders at a McDonald's restaurant in Auburn later Thursday.

McTeacher night is a benefit for a little boy fighting leukemia.

Six-year-old Nickolas Looney, a kindergartener at Auburn's Evergreen Heights Elementary, was diagnosed in January. He hasn't been to school in months, but teacher Diana Musial says they haven't forgotten him.

His dad Blake Looney is a single parent to three boys. He is trying to stay optimistic, but after finding out Nickolas had leukemia back in January, he got more bad news this week when doctors said the first round of treatment didn't work like they hoped it would.

So Nickolas is now back at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma for much stronger chemotherapy this month. If it doesn't work, he'll need a bone marrow transplant.

"It's just hard to soak in," says Blake Looney. "It was hard to soak it in Monday, and it's hard to think what you're supposed to think, or what you're supposed to do, besides just be happy and have fun with Nick and with the kids."

Looney got laid off one month before Nick was diagnosed, so medical bills are piling up.

Proceeds from McTeacher night will help with that. It's happening at the McDonald's restaurant on 15th Street NW in Auburn from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday.