SUNNY CARNEY
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



Friday, January 25, 2013

Frozen Footprints

Sunshine.....I LOVE U...you knew that was coming...still going to say it....never get tired of saying it...never stop feeling it...its been a crazy day....its been a stressful week...a trying week...as in I am trying we are all trying but its trying...trying to keep this house going and its been a challenge....still juggling everything but I think thats the right word....juggling...prioritize what balls get tossed in so to speak and well the rest....they sit...I know but I am wearing two hats and if certain things get set aside or certain bills wait to next month so be it...I am doing what I can and trying to focus on whats important....I can't tell you how much the snow just impacted me now...I was sitting sorting out what to talk to you about tonight..praying for some input and I found myself capitivated by the picture outside in our yard...so I am scrapping my earlier thoughts which weren't really grabbing me and I wrote you this poem....based on Proverbs 25:13 and what I was shown outside....the verse goes....

Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his master.  (NIV)

I can't tell you how this correlates with my thoughts this week...thanks for being the messenger from Him...and for refreshing my soul....(not that I was ever your master....you know what I mean...)...
so here goes the "harvest "of my refreshed soul...this is for you...thanks....I needed to see the snow for what it was...I LOVE U....

FROZEN FOOTPRINTS

Sitting....staring...praying...hurting...yet not a tear...
outside the window a world of white so pure and clear

Evergreen trees branches still in the cold night....
decorated with God's icing of white....

No sound...no stir...serenity..peace..God's artistic heavenly hand...
I think you would still try to go out and leave a mark in winter's white sand....

Kids wood play yard....adolescent castle of dreams...draped in frozen white sheets from above...
Wonders "why so alone...Where did my kids go...Where did the time go...Where is all of the love..."

A house is not a home I have been told...but winters beauty is saying not so fast...
With Him all things are made....the snow....yes even the cold that will not last...

Sunshine I feel you now as I struggle...I feel you oh so near...
you made certain I stopped and paused to appreciate what's truly dear....

Today was hectic and stressful and I mostly felt like I was spinning wheels on the treadmill of life...
along you come..."slow down Mark..look at the footprints in the snow...go ahead...find the ones made by your wife.."

I rise and seemingly go right through glass doors into the glistening sparkling white and what do I see..
Footprints...footprints...frozen in snow...Theres Logans, theres Nolans, Austens and mine from chasing the dog...you are with me...

Footprints footprints frozen footprints set deep and yet fitteningly only melted by the Sun....
thanks for reminding me to stop, relax, take a breath and reflect on what He has done...

Painted this beautiful white canvas and kept it etched on His trees for the night....
I can't help but believe that He created this portrait so I could focus on whats right....

Don't focus on self....don't soar too high...and never get caught up in the low..
because footprints....footprints...can be frozen in the heavenly snow....

Thanks for reminding me....thanks for being right nearby...
I will make frozen footprints....rest assured I will try....

I LOVE U ALWAYS

ME