Community helps Houston dad buy insulin for his 3 diabetic sons

Already struggling with medical bills for two sons with Type 1 diabetes, it was a huge blow when a Texas single father’s third son was recently diagnosed with the chronic condition. Craig Boncler wasn’t sure what to do, so he got to work.

Boncler owns a pizza restaurant near Houston, and it hasn’t been bringing in enough cash for him to pay all his family’s bills. Rather than ask for donations, Boncler decided to drum up some more business so he’d be able to earn the money he needed.

He told his Facebook friends about the situation, asking them to consider visiting his restaurant for pizza:

Like my employees, I take a paycheck through our accounting office. I’m currently sitting on 9 weeks worth of paychecks that I can’t cash. This has resulted in me being continuously behind on my mortgage and car loan. My mortgage is currently about a week away from going into default.
The single most serious issue is that I can’t even afford the copays to buy insulin for my kids right now, and I’m down to about a two week supply.

Boncler made it clear he wants to work hard to support his children, and hopes his Houston neighbors will take a chance and dine at his Sicily Pizza & Pasta restaurant:

If you live anywhere within driving distance, please consider having a meal at my restaurant. And tell your friends. Tell everybody. Have more than one meal. We have a huge menu to choose from, and it’s all good food, at a reasonable price.

I’m more than willing to earn the money to pay my bills, and I firmly stand behind my product.

And according to Facebook, his product(s) look pretty delicious. Take this pizza with jalapeno, spinach and (what looks to be) ham that one customer shared on Facebook:

[arve url=”″ /]

RELATED: This Tattoo Changes Colors As Your Blood Sugar Levels Change

And this dish that appears to be fettuccine alfredo:

[arve url=”″ /]

Boncler was heartened when people from the community turned out in droves to eat dinner at his pizza shop. According to the Sicily Pizza & Pasta company, Boncler has had terrible luck, as the location of his restaurant is right in the middle of dreaded construction projects that never seem to end. But the roads didn’t deter supporters who wanted to give Boncler a chance to earn their business, especially after they learned more about his story on local TV station KHOU.

In fact, the restaurant is almost having the opposite problem now: too many customers! In fact, Boncler’s location is presently on the hunt for experienced pizza makers to help meet his demand.

If you don’t have patience for the wonderfully long lines, or you don’t live near Houston, you can help the Boncler family by donating to a new YouCaring page that Boncler confirmed is legitimate on his own Facebook page.

RELATED: An Artificial Pancreas Could Be On Its Way To Help Those With Type 1 Diabetes

Health, Life, Money
, , ,

Related posts

Mark Andrews of the Baltimore Ravens
NFL player Mark Andrews helps save woman's life mid-flight with diabetic test kit
Town calls on people named Kyle to gather for world record attempt
Doctor goes viral after turning lesson on diabetes into song, but his mission to save lives is personal
Great Dane Zeus, Guinness' world's tallest dog
This Great Dane in Texas was named world's tallest dog by Guinness

About the Author
Haley Otman
Haley Otman is a news and features writer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she roots for the University of Michigan Wolverines. A former broadcast news producer, Haley has 10 years of writing experience and has worked in both journalism and public relations.

From our partners