After a courageous 10 year fight battling Carcinoid Cancer, Sunny Carney, of Plum, passed peacefully on Saturday, November 3. She was married to her devoted husband, Mark; and was a loving mother to Austen, Logan and Nolan; daughter of Patricia Jennings and the late James J. Jennings; daughter-in-law of Dale and Dottie Carney; sister of Judy Phillips (Ray Jr.), Lynn Pesta (Teddy), Michael Jennings (Vicki Lynn), James Jennings (Sue), Joseph Jennings (Elizabeth), Sheila Fortes (Jim); sister-in-law of Craig Carney (Julia). She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, and was a true friend and inspiration to many.
In addition to being an inspiration to family and friends Sunny inspired carcinoid cancer patients across the globe through her blog, and then her book "The Sunny Side of Cancer. She spoke at numerous cancer events locally sharing stories of her journey which led her from Basel, Switzerland to all of the top Carcinoid Cancer specialists here in the states. She was an advocate for better diagnosis of the disease and for insurance coverage of treatments. She fought with grace and dignity, never letting the pain inside challenge her faith or diminish her love for life.
Memorials may be made to "Carney Family Fund", c/o S&T Bank, 2190 Hulton Road, Verona, PA 15147.
Friends received Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 3-8 p.m. at Unity Community Church, 215 Unity Center Road, Plum, PA 15239.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Unity Community Church with Rev. Frank Deluce officiating. Arrangements entrusted to CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME, INC.
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After over a decade of suffering from Carcinoid Cancer, Sunny Jennings Carney has decided to fight back. She has currently undergone two proven treatments in Basel, Switzerland and is planning to return for two more. She is also planning on going to Houston, Texas for a six month period to undergo experimental treatments that look promising but are not FDA approved. She has exhausted all the FDA approved treatments here in the United States and will not accept that this is all there is for her. She has dedicated her fight to help others understand this rare cancer and to find successful treatments in the United States. Her strong faith in God and will to never quit has turned a 6 month life expectancy to over two years presently.

Below is an entry that was written by Sunny's husband Mark when she had her third bout. To become updated on her journey please enjoy her posts.

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Sunny Carney Carcinoid Cancer Fund
C/o S & T Bank
2190 Hulton Road
Verona, PA 15147

Sunny's husband Mark tells their story...

A mother of three boys, a daughter, the baby sister to a large family, an aunt, a godmother to several, a trusted friend, an outreach volunteer, a business owner and my wife. Sunny Carney lives up to her name every time someone speaks to her; she is beautiful both in and out. She has been my biggest motivator, my rock and my inspiration in tough times, my biggest fan in good times, and most importantly my best friend. Told 14 years ago that having children may not be part of our future because of ovarian cancer, she kept the faith, and is a wonderful mother to our three sons- Austen, Logan, and Nolan. She is always ensuring that they know the Lord, love of life, kindness to others, hard work, and occasionally when to "shape up".

Her boundless energy, healthy lifestyle and positive attitude are infectious. She has served as president of our children’s PTA, organized committees that benefit those who are less fortunate in the community and led drives for those who have been caught up in unfortunate situations. She has done so much for others, usually without letting anyone ever know, I could not begin to list them. Her strong faith in God and modest upbringing has given her a sense of giving that only she can explain. When she successfully started her own photography business, she also started a non-profit division photographing family portraits for area families fighting cancer. Her friends say she is amazing and she simply shakes her head and wonders what all of the fuss is about.

Her mother, sisters, brothers and large extended family will tell you she is the one you can count on to lend an ear when needed and never judge. She was raised by her loving mother and father who was the warden of the Allegheny County Jail and actually spent most of her childhood in the residence connected to the jail. At a young age she witnessed more of life’s tragedies and obstacles through her neighbors, the prisoners, than most of us can imagine.

Although all of the aforementioned is remarkable it is not what makes her truly special. Sunny is a two time cancer survivor and now is currently fighting for a third time. After beating ovarian carcinoid cancer and undergoing serious surgery for carcinoid tumors in her right lung just three years ago, the carcinoid tumors returned in her lymph nodes, liver and bones. The size and proliferation throughout the liver of these tumors mandates immediate chemotherapy in four treatments over the next few months as well as monthly octreotide treatments. These painful treatments will hopefully stop the growth but are not a cure. There are numerous tumors in her spine, her skull, her hip, her leg, and her shoulder...all in the bones and she will wait on potential radiation to fight those.

What my wife has is Carcinoid Cancer Syndrome, an endocrine disease which is rare and spreads from organ to organ. As of right now the only known treatment for remission is administered by renowned clinics in Europe. However the treatment is not covered by our insurance. Our doctors have encouraged us to start raising money and matching grants could follow. Her lead oncologist strongly believes that Sunny would be a prime candidate to be a voice to get the message out regarding carcinoid cancer syndrome, bring this treatment to the United States and encourage approval from the FDA. Without this treatment, the tumors most likely will continue to metastasize in other organs and her fight will be ongoing. Sunny has set up The Sunny Carney Carcinoid Cancer Fund to support her treatments. She believes that once she beats this cancer she can make a difference to others also suffering from Carcinoid Cancer.

Mark A. Carney

Sunny Carney Carcinoid Cancer Fund
C/o S & T Bank
2190 Hulton Road
Verona, PA 15147

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fighting Christmas Fog

Ok Sunshine we got a lot of advice in the last two days on how to not feel sorry because you are up there and celebrating Xmas etc....It is not a bad thing to get these fact they help keep focused on the things down here...but its the night gets late and laundry almost done...there is a thick fog starting to roll in up here on Mt. Plum....the light from Sheetz is a surreal haze of reds and whites..the streetlights cascaded over like a airy waterfall as feeble rays struggle to shine through...anyways...I wanted to share this on fact was mostly done..but somehow managed to crash the after a few minutes to recollect I am going to do this here...I was calling it Still Struggling earlier and I am only writing this because I keep hearing from people who feel the sting of the holidays because of the loss of loved ones...and its Ok to feel that way I think...its not bitterness or anger...its a sense of being cheated...cheated of moments...cheated of time...I am thinking as Xmas nears how it could be that twenty children and six adults could be slaughtered... I am thinking how you could be gone just fifty-two days before your favorite time of year...I remember then the passage in Matthew 2 during the Jesus birth story about how Herod ordered all the children under two years old slaughtered in Bethelem and the region....I think now how the Christmas story was one that had shown from the beginning that Birth and Death, Good and Evil,  were not often far apart...and staying in Matthew,  I think the most important part of the story happens 25 chapters later when Jesus goes into hell,  takes our sins,  kicks death ass(pardon my language but you were the original queen of smackdowns)and rises after three days,  proving that death is no longer the dominion of the Devil, and ultimately fulfills prophecy....I know its a black and white story,  as life and death is...but in between there is a gray at times...a thats where I am going with this....Love you and I know you are happy and blessed up there...and I have no qualms about that...this is for those down here that still struggle on..not for lack of faith...just for lack of angels wings...

Fighting Christmas Fog

Ok Sunshine I get it that you are gone and I have been told you are better off and yes I completely understand that the heaven you are in is real...but please don't remind me so often with poems , sayings on paper,  songs of new Christmas shoes...don't tell me how to feel...

I feel like the fog outside...its a temporary state....gray shrouds surrounded by clarity waiting to lift high and to clear....but like the fog,  all of the good tidings, all of the profound words of wisdom won't bring back my one true dear...

Its a joyous time of the year I know it to be true...I realize that the miracle of the season the spirit of the date...the 25th of December...its going to be a little while I fear before I can wholeheartedly celebrate...

doesn't make me weak or to feel like I have lost touch with my God, the Spirit, and His fact I can only be thankful that at the end of this fog when it clears I am assured His will was done...

Jesus wept and Job was unique,  Abraham had a slavegirl and Moses a short fuse...I don't think there should be any surprise then that I have the Missing Sunny Blues...

Its going to sting as I trip through this fog...but when it clears and it will...I can really sit back and wander at the morning warblers deep pitched shrill...

So please don't be angry that we don't quite understand...or that we don't jump up and down high fiving your new place on up with the King....its only we are still human and our hearts heavy with loss can't always quite quickly grasp everything...

You would feel alike to us if places had switched and you were down here this would be feeling the same pain,  comfort, and praying with all of your might...

the fog will certainly lift and when it does I can really move on....not forgetting...but not hurting so much and feeling alone....really embracing the fact that my Sunny has gone home , not in pain,  not in anquish but hugging the throne....

Amen....Good Riddance Fog...