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



Monday, March 4, 2013

The Hour Glass That Is Our Life....

Sunshine....I LOVE U.....I haven't said it here in a week...exactly....took some time off...not that you and I stopped talking...stopped sharing tears...stopped praying for our kids...our families...our friends...those that we just had to pray for..not that you have been far from our memory....oh baby I miss you so much sometimes that my heart feels like a ten pound dumbbell inside my chest...(I know....good cardio workout...or is it a heart attack waiting to happen....oh well...only He knows...ask Him for me)....anyways its been a week...haven't had much communication with outside world...on purpose I think...just haven't been in mood to Facebook or even the desire to have these conversations...honestly I think that waiting and recharging emotional batteries once in awhile helps keep this fresh....it was feeling stale...it was feeling like you and I could have these talks and it wouldn't matter if it was in this forum or not...I don't know...I am not sure how much longer I will or can keep this going...its hard and it seems that the more we have these talks the less interest people have in joining in...so at some point may just pack it in and stick to our private talks....less attention that way...

But tonight I wanted to talk to you about TIME...and now because I have Pandora set to Stevie Ray Pride and Joy of course comes on at this moment in time and I am going to stop...because this song is for you....

OK..had a good cry and back with you toots...TIME....it was something you and I talked about often...it was what drove you to get up everyday and open up that gift from above...the PRESENT...the present is simply time in the now...not the past time...or the next time...but the now time...and thats all that mattered..all that you had control of was your now...and you suffered little for people who frittered away their now....people who flushed that precious gift right down the drain of life...instead of spending it wisely and utilizing each granule of sand in that hour glass we are each given you had no tolerance for those that chose to take that sand and deposit it in the Mr. John of their world....

We are each akin to an hourglass....we have no control over when we are born or when we say goodbye...the top and bottom of those hourglasses are thus set...but each of us has control over whats in between...the sand...you somehow managed to morph your sand into concrete and left footprints all over and wherever you went...

It became especially acute when we were given the speech about months last fall..we thought we had to after the first of the year...but deep down I think we both thought that your time was not spent...that the sand was still flowing...but you also realized that you had no control over it and so you became even more urgent in how you spent each day....from writing letters and cards to your boys to be opened years ahead...to reaching out to friends who needed a pick me up...to visiting with everyone at the Wiffleball tournament for hours when you probably should have been home in bed...to going to Amy's wedding and keeping your vow to have a last family vacation...together...Damn..I still can't get over it...sorry...be back in a minute...

TIME...I think back as I listen to Stevie Ray to 1992...the apartment on Beechwood...I am writing my final paper for Fiction class and you are studying for Accounting 501 or something...you hog the bed...I am on that ugly orange fold out thing you hated...stereo playing this same CD....birds outside....hot except for the fan on the floor...I would stop and try to persuade you why you should take a study/fool around break...this time I remember I won...oh well...I know we have to keep it PG so I stop there..but you remember..TIME...who would have guessed what the next 20 years would bring...who would have thought that if someone had said SUNNY you will be an angel in 20 years...you were tan...in great shape...we had the whole world ahead of us...TIME...don't ever ever ever assume that you have time to spend with your loved ones tomorrow...or next weekend...or next holiday...or next game..or next season...our hour glass has no GUARRANTY....or warranty for that matter...it can be fragile...ripped open sand spewing everywhere in a flash...don't ignore your loved ones...don't ever ever tell your kid not now..IF NOT NOW THAN WHEN....tomorrow??????bullshit...tomorrow is a pipe dream until its today...until its now...so instead of doing what I did too often...screw tomorrow...and invest in making a difference now...compound your sand...get interest...get the maximum return on today...on now...on the present from above...use it wisely...make a difference in someone's hour glass...its their sand too...don't waste their's .....its never coming back...the moment once missed is gone...we aren't DVR's...a memory is a terrible thing to waste on regrets...trust me....you know what I mean baby because you always pushed me in the right direction....and I got it...but I may have got it too late....

so please ....if you share this conversation...don't waste any more TIME....get off your ass and go do something for someone...with someone...make a memory not a regret....

I LOVE U ALWAYS....

I HURT....

ME