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, February 15, 2013

LOVE IS...& DIE HARD

Sunshine.....I LOVE U ALWAYS ...I can't tell you how glad I am V-Day is just about behind us....It wasn't so much even today...it was the hype leading up to the day....I can only say that even though we hurt down here because you were not physically with us....the fact that you are now in a place which to quote Bono "has to believed to be seen"....and is so much better than our broken world gives us peace....hurts...but peace....hurts...but consoles....hurts...but continues the healing....hurts...but gives perspective....hurts....but teaches....hurts...but yet we can smile and laugh....why?....because the ultimate Valentine has you home....I got pretty good at making this day special...and you got very good at making this day the best for the whole family...but guess what...we couldn't touch eternal life...must have missed that sale at Macy's or Kay's or Vermont Bear's...well you get the point...its your first heavenly V-day...and you have infinity to do it again....my feeble mind can't even comprehend...I worry about the boys tests tomorrow....and lunch...and bills...and clients...and ants...and you are rid of all of that...amen...you are with the one you should be with.....not us anymore....and that just took a lot for me to say....and a kleenex...but I mean it..

So now I am going to share with you our night....and scripture...and in the process may be the first to ever tie together Bruce Willis and his John McClane Die Hard series with the Love Is verses of I Corinthians 13....yep...no you will see it does make sense....these two divergent topics can intersect in the heart of life because one is the manifestation of love here....this earth....this world...our boys....and the other of course is the blueprint/instruction manual for how to Love....one debuted tonight....the other has been for oh about two thousand years....one was rated R for excessive violence...the other G...for God's word...one will earn several hundred million dollars most likely....the other will lead to a better life here and eternal life with you and your winged posse Sun....can I take a step back and go into a few particulars....

Reading your last Valentine's Day blog reminded me that V-day wasn't just about us.....sure Madison Avenue and the Diamond, Chocolate, Hallmark, and everything Red cartels would have us believe that if you don't have a Valentine or special someone to spend money on than you are a loser....capital L....so much pressure...what was once fun when we were little kids...or for our kids....exchanging the cards for the class...the candy (although apparently not cool in some districts...)the parties in the classroom....grew into the stress of making sure you had someone.....and that you brought a gift that the other person wouldn't be disappointed in...thanks DeBeers...thanks 1-800-Flowers...what should be a day to celebrate love for the special truly dear loved ones LIKE U DO EVERYDAY....became the frickin Red Day from Stressed Out Hell for many...(I always had a knack thank the big guy...but watching our boys fret over what to buy....too much...right message...not enough...holy crap...they are sophomore down to eigth  grade...)..they shouldn't be bothered...but I can only imagine the other side...what the girls think...the pressure they face with their friends....and good news....with FB and Tweeting etc...the whole world can be in on and comment on what happens or is bought etc. on V-day...at least we had to call people...and hope they had call waiting...no email...no text...no FB...no social media...

So to get back on track....reading your last Feb 14 blog when the boys said lets go see the new Die Hard on V-day when it comes out...what could I say?....your message was about "your 4 men being together..."...obviously this wasn't one of your favorites....in fact you really couldn't stand the whole series..but you knew how much we love it....so when the trailer first came out and said "Opens Valentines Day..."...I think we all took it as some sign...because the first three came out around the holidays....and the last one was late spring....this was you saying move on....hang together...watch that "stupid" movie...but hang together....and we said...."Yippee yippee....mfer.." or something like that...(you hated that line too....)...so we made plans to do it....the four Carney Boys/Men...depends on what card you read....made V-day special because we were going to miss the hell out of you but I can only tell you how much the boys talked about this night and this movie all week....they studied...early...they cleaned their rooms...they were pumped....were we hurting inside?....sure...no doubt...was watching Bruce Willis kicking the shit out of some Russian bad guys going to erase that?....no...but it sure did feel good for a hour and a half....and as I sat there twenty minutes early in the I-Max...Nolan and I chatting...and to my right Logan and Ace sharing private jokes and laughs..yes laughs...I exhaled...you were right...things might be OK...and then to top it off...for the first time in the McClane series we meet the son....and the subplot(OK a little cheesy to Nolan)...but his brothers shouted him down as we walked to the car afterwards....the subplot for this one was John and his son re-connecting....I know not a tear jerker...not an Oscar script...but there were a few moments where with humor you felt the two of them connect---father and son...or at least we did in the center of the I-Max....(by the way...you could show Bambi there and it would kick butt)....so as we walked out...ranking the Die Hard movies in order of our approval like guys always do....as we felt full thanks to the awesome dinner that Theresa had insisted on dropping off earlier for us....as we laughed...as they argued like they do....it felt normal...it was a tearless couple of hours....for all of us on what could have been a hard night...so when I say thanks for Die Hard...I truly mean it...God uses the strangest things at times and this may have been one of them...but it worked....

So now lets tie in I Corinthians 13....probably in the top five of well known scripture with John 3:16 , the Lords Prayer....Psalms 23...and "in the beginning"....(informal survey of at least three people and a beagle confirms this....)...this is the "wedding sermon" chapter...."Love is...."....it was read at ours...it was read at many we attended...it is on banners....it is on plagues...it is on pictures...if it was a song it would be a bonafide number one hit....well known...but well understood?....we hear it at weddings for the most part....we are tipsy...or thinking about getting tipsy...we are nervous....we are anxious....its a blur..."did anyone raise their hand to give a reason why we shouldn't...."is about all I recall besides I DO...and your answer...and then kiss the bride....so lets look at these few verses....because they are not meant for just Feb 14th...or a wedding day...but each and every day...

Sun I know this is long but really you have eternity so bear with me down here....lets go to the first few verses of the chapte...not usually brought up....especially in the NIV where it begins...."And now I will show you the most excellent way."   It sounds like a scene from a Bill and Ted movie and honestly if it was how many might pay attention to it more...sad...but its not...its not a Hollywood created Excellent Adventure...its real life..it was your life...its my life...its our kids lives...our friends lives...the  guy selling Sunscreen at the bottom of Mt Everest life....Lebron James life...it was Ben Franklin's life....ultimately it was directed to everyone who was post bible publication...everyone who has taken a breath since and who will take a breath....its a statement so bold how do we overlook it...."AND NOW I WILL SHOW YOU THE MOST EXCELLENT WAY."  Cocky as heck...but divinely inspired and backed up...

And then Paul takes the remainder of verse one through verse three to explain how futile everything we do is no matter how great it may seem....without love it means nothing....he is nothing...and I will put this into todays perspective so maybe it drives home....if you can talk to angels and speak in tongues but have not love....survey says....RAANNNT....if you can prophecy about future and have the ultimate knowledge of Solomon but not love...survey says....RAANNNTT....and if you give everything you have...literally everything but have not love....survey says...RAANNNNT...and no bonus round for you....LOVE....

There is a reason why of Faith, Hope and Love the last is the most important and "Is all that is left"....Why?  Because Sun and it took me awhile to really grasp this....as John writes in his first letter, "love is not us loving Him, but Him loving us first..."..why is that important...because there is nothing we can do to earn more of his Love....we accept Him....and He loves us....now revisit verses four -first part of eight....and view it from the vantage of its God's Love for us that Paul is writing about....

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."

If we look at those words now and see what He does for us because of His love for us and yet we are screw ups....how can we not afford those in our lives the same consideration....Are we better than God?  If we don't follow those directions....yet He does....then I guess we can conclude that we think we are better than Him...wouldn't want to take that message to the grave....

So Sun,  thanks for helping us get throught today....movie....verses...and all....we love you....we missed you....but Love is more than just you and I ....you got it....and I think I have it....but pray for all of us...

Happy Feb 14th....

I LOVE U ALWAYS

ME