Broadcaster Clarice Tinsley, featured in the Advocate on multiple occasions, announced the death of her son Steve on social media. Steve died a week ago, she said, from complications of type 1 diabetes at age 44.

Clarice Tinsley announced via Twitter that her son with husband Stephen died after complications with type-1 diabetes.

“He was 5 going on 6 when I met him and 8 when I married his Dad. Steve lived with us and he called me Mom, best name in the world.”

Tinsley, a resident of Strait Lane in Preston Hollow, has worked as an anchor for KDFW (CBS and FOX) for some 40 years.

She won a Peabody in 1984 for “A Call for Help,” problems with the Dallas 911 emergency system. She’s covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, Operation Desert Storm and a fire in Dubai when she was there to celebrate her birthday, we’ve previously reported.

Steve was 13 when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Tinsley continued on Twitter today. He left behind a wife, Nohemi, with who “he had the most wonderful marriage,” Tinsley noted.

“Despite his health struggles they shared love, laughter, fun, friendship and family.”

Tinsley says Steve went to Camp Sweeney, for kids with T1D and loved it. She says donations in his memory are helping camp goers.

As the Advocate‘s Carol Toler has reported, “Kids who attend Camp Sweeney spend three weeks learning to care for themselves and manage a new life of blood tests, insulin injections and carbohydrate calculations.

“They learn to eat healthy foods, exercise safely and speak a new medical language with the help of doctors and trained camp counselors. Mostly, though, they meet new friends and have fun in the sun.”

The Camp Sweeney Play for the Day fundraiser took place in Lake Highlands in May.

Dr. Ernie Fernandez, the camp’s director since 1989, has been practicing at Dallas’ Clinical Pediatric Associates since 1991. Here is our Q&A with him.

If you’d like to support Camp Sweeney in Steve’s memory,  donate here.

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