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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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'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
C/o S & T Bank
Friday, January 11, 2013
I am trying to make each talk we have and the Facebook posts be brutally bared down rip your gut out emotions...whatever I feel I write....if that ever comes across as looking for people to feel sorry for me I will stop as fast as the Pirates collapsed the last two years...that isn't the point of this...if my opening up is too deep than I will reel it in..(no I won't...I will just stop)...I won't have our boys thinking their dad is feeling like the world owes him something....pity... a hug...a shoulder...whatever...that is BS....so I hope and pray that what he said was just a 16 year old boy jacking his dad off...not anything deeper....if so great...we keep on...if not...then I may be taking a break on this...I enjoy sharing with you like this...and I promised you I would keep this going...but in fairness you would break your promise if it affected your kids too....and I can share with you in private without embarassing our boys...
I know only one way to talk to you...thats to lay it all on the table...to be so forthright it drains me...it is from somewhere deep inside that even I don't know always know where it comes from...it is meant to be stripped down to the core emotions laid out so that we can talk openly and so that if one person...just one person reading it has lost someone or is struggling with something that they can realize that their darkest fears and their greatest hopes and faith is not unique....thats why I go where I go with our talks...not to try to be an emotional weenie or wuss....not to try to gain pity or sympathy....we had that November 6-8....this is about taking what you and I had and sharing it in the hopes it makes me feel better(just kidding)....it is with the hope that it makes a small impact on someone else....if I get the sign that its not doing this and somehow is being misconstrued as a self-serving means for me to have people for sorry for us...than I am done...sorry....
Again wasn't my planned talk this evening but had to get off my chest...this is too important to me and too painful sometimes to me to do with the intentions I have...it is really painful and not so important to me as my kids if they perceive it to be anything else than a voice to help....to keep our love alive...to keep your message going...to continue the positive influence you had on those who you came across...
Thats it honey...I am not going to talk about the game tonight...I am not going to talk about our first kiss tonight...I am not going to share the scripture I had laid out....this arose out of nowhere and maybe I am overreacting...but what he said and how fast he said it was not the way you say something in a rage...it is something you were waiting to say when you got pissed enough....so I hope that he didn't mean it....I hope that if he did and we talk it though that he rethinks it...and if not...oh well...I will talk to you still here and at Plum Creek.....and we did what we could do....