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



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Our First Kiss & Time to Laugh

Sunshine....lets take a day off from the intense roller coaster ride that has emotionally left me drained the last couple of nights....I know you say goodbye and go hug Jesus but I get to hug your pillow or a fat beagle that smells like ass....yep...you would have shooed him away when he came charging up to you to give you a nudge with his tail or snout....cute as hell but damn I got to take him for a shampoo and I think pitch his bed and blankets and just get new ones....yep...he lies right next to me as we talk as he has been since Nov 3....just smells worse...doesn't even have the sense to walk away when he passes one and blame me....(I would say man's best friend but then I think of the times when you would intentionally get him to ...how do I say without offending some of our readers....you would make him "jump" in between us and growl at me....as you would kiss me and such....and then knowing he would think I was hurting you...stupid dog and mean trick on many levels on your part...)So lets take a day just to laugh at what I've learned you did and never realized it and then lets get to that first kiss...and no...I am not upset with Austen...our last talk was geared to those who would want to help or to say "boy I feel sorry for the Carney boys..."...it was just that Austen gave me the inspiration and the window...he is 16 and grieving and is an amazing kid....move on....

I LOVE U.....

Top Ten Things I Have Learned About Your Days That I Never Grasped Before.....

1.  Even one stick of gum can shut an entire laundry operation down and cause serious panic to the person responsible for washing his son's white basketball uni's....

2.  Ironing is a lost art....I blame PS3...don't know why but we blame everything else on video games so why not....

3.  Opening the mail really is like playin darts....whatever one you hit gets paid that day....the rest go back on the board...

4.  There is a lot of useless emails coming from Nike Aeropostale Reebok and Dicks daily advertising last chance last opportunity to save 50% on something you don't need would never wear and heaven forbid ask your teenage son if he wants....your email account...sorry but that is beyond spam...

5.   You really can't microwave fish fillets...no matter what Wholey says...

6.   Dishwashers can attract little teeny weeny pesty ants by the dozens or so I guess if one leaves the door ajar to the dishwasher and has numerous unrinsed pungent dishes placed by side...(although one load did nuke the hell out of the annoying bastards...if only telemarketers and collectors could be put through the Heavy Smells Like Shit Cycle....)

7.   You still can great life insurance fliers in mail even after you have passed away....wonder how many laws I would be breaking if I took one of them AAA or other envelopes up on offer....

8.   Doing homework especially 8th grade Civics can be as challenging as trying to woo a really hot Irish girl to fall in love with you when she is so far out of your league you wouldn't even make ESPN 15.....

9.   Apparently you were not the reason we were late for church every Sunday...don't ask....

10.  When a recipe calls for a teaspoon of cooking oil use a teaspoon of cooking oil...not well lets just eyeball it....

Thats it....hope you got a kick out of it...I miss you so much but I realized that I miss your sense of humor and irony...you had the knack for knowing when to chime in and when to shut me or the boys up...(not that any of us usually listened until you threatened to go upstairs and never make us a meal again....something else for me that I recall....)you had that big smile...huge smile...one of the most uplifting expressions ever created...and when you laughed it was like water cascading over a fall...it just sounded reassuring...it made us feel like we were the most funny people on this planet...no matter how many times you had heard the kids same knock knock jokes or me get a little buzzed and tell the same stupid story over and over just because "they" hadn't heard it before...thanks Sun for laughing and smiling with me right to the end....I LOVE U....

So now we can visit the first kiss...and no you can't try to change the story up there because don't forget they were probably watching anyways...at least your guardian angel and my five were....(yes Lord knows I went through a few things back then where even "Clarence" may have called in the backup posse...)...so you can try to say it didn't happen this way like you always interjected down here...but now I have the floor and the mike...and I am not going to swear on any grave...but we both know this is how "Sunny finally found me( I can't say Mark because as we know I wasn't the only Mark in the picture still at that time)...Irresistible...."

So lets set the stage...after that night at Char's you were immersed in summer session finals...accounting...yippee joy joy and I was taking summer writing fiction short story courses at Pitt that summer...yep...finally had realized Wall St. would have to turn somewhere else to find their next Ponzi scheme...I was going to be the next great writer...and you actually encouraged me to your credit...(that was always our biggest ironic joke...you got published...but I was so proud of you because I knew how hard that was)....we studied at Pitt's law library...well you studied and I used to joke scouted talent...and I wrote...or did whatever I did back then...you had to get all A's...I had to write a couple of twenty page short stories that wouldn't get me kicked out of school for pushing the envelope(surprising I know)...but you still had to go out and down to main hallway and check in with TD...if he was teaching one of his night assistant classes...(if not he never checked in with you as I pointed out once or a hundred times)....but you dutifuly checked in...he would want to come and grab you on way home from Bobby Mo downtown campus...you said no...you were fine...you were driving home with Carrie....(as if he didn't suspect which came to a head when he followed us home the one time...)...but there was no action physically yet....I felt like I was in the equilavent then of the AFC North...I was the Steelers...TD was the Ravens...(real competition) and then of course there was the Ryan who you went to Hawaii with before he shipped off(great guy btw as far as I could tell)and the stalker jackass Brian(not so great guy)...who kept trying to be in the picture....They were the Bengals and Browns...

So it finally got to the point where you were blowing off TD on weeknight shifts at Eat n Park to drive me all of the four minutes home to talk and he finally must have had enough...came in that Thursday night....you were about done...I still had a half hour or so plus your cleanup and mine to do...(wooing isn't without a cost kids)....and in comes mr cheesy leather tie loosened and mr I can't handle my wine so I am going to come to cause a scene...(again kids....no cell phones....reality wasn't a tv show..it was real....)....he wanted you to go out to the bar with him...( no you weren't 21 yet but he had always got you served...anyone say Billy Idol Rock the Cradle)....you told him matter of factly that you had your last final that Friday...he said or slurred whatever that he knew you dumb bitch because he was the prof assistant...if you were so stupid you didn't realize you had an A than maybe you didn't....now come on...get your purse....at this point there were three of us in the station right next to this scene as we went to go out Drudy and his partner(two of Zone 6 regulars) came in and asked if everything was OK....after a shuffle he muttered something and was off into the night...


I got one word which I borrowed with no shame from Red Foreman and which you hated...Dumbass...he went for the TD TD and got picked off,  fumbled,  stopped way short,  ejected...whatever football analogy you want....it was fourth and long and he got flagged  for offensive interference...you were upset...you had already got your studying done for the final and you waited to ride me home....said you didn't want to talk about the incident or TD...how you wanted freedom and someone who loved you for you...HELLO...that was my cue...by this time it was well after one in the morning and I had drove your car up the long driveway behind my parents house...we were still talking....you leaned in...and then grabbed my head from behind (and yes I will swear on that fact...you left a bruise)pulled me in and said "Shut up and kiss me"....there...that was it...I won't dare cheapen that special moment with any more details but will add it was the best kiss of my life...that first one...never forget it...and of course never forget the next 21 wonderful years that followed that kiss....''

I will figure out where to go next....Nolans bday is Monday but I may squeeze one more talk in tomorrow....I love you so much....thank you for laughing with me for twenty years + and for stepping up and sparking the fire....I LOVE U...

I LOVE U ALWAYS....

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