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



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

And Time Keeps Going By....Bye Bye....

Always you....always....I can't help the yearning I have in my heart to just reach over and rub your forehead....to squeeze your hand....to feel the softness of your lips....it is not even a hurt now...just a longing and a slow stark realization that it can't nor won't happen...some movie once had a cornball and oft used line "you complete me"....I now update that...I never recognized how whole I was with you until I live incomplete....and I am not alone....many are made just pieces in this puzzle we call life....the corners or the borders ripped and tossed aside....the idyllic image on the box cover left rendered a futile reminder of what should have been...or should be....

I LOVE U SUNNY....

I MISS OUR LIFE....CANCER AND ALL

my puzzle had its pieces spilled across the heavens....the master builder took His angel and my cornerstone....

Now I can get back to what I wanted to talk to you about tonight...it has been a real tough couple days....I stress about the boys....I worry about finances bigtime as bills mount and deals slowly move along...I roll that "we will make it d$ce" as I pray....not for blessings for us...but for peace and guidance...for that comfort that we had even in the midst of the diagnoses and the surprises along the cancer journey....we gave it all up ...and we had peace...I am really trying to keep that approach...but you know when it says two or three gathered together....well without you my two is one...but I can't focus our time tonight on money issues...or stress...this is a time I just wanted to share how much I really miss having you around....its finally spring...its now nearing Mother's Day...damn...I thought at first....I wish I could cancel or skip ahead....but then I keep passing the pictures we took last Mom's Day...actually the day before...we surprised you...and damn....I wouldn't trade the memory of how touched you were....how you felt like a queen....how your boys shone in their patience....(ant bites and all)...how Laura got all of the images just in case memories waned...(like that could ever happen now)....and how now that I have no idea what to tell our boys...your babies on Mothers Day this year...every commercial on TV during a game advertising this Pandora sale or flowers or whatever...we all look away...but I will remind them how special they made you feel on the last Mom's Day you celebrated down here...and that they should always cherish that....because you took that to the heavens...

Spring....Flowers blooming...grass cut...bees...stink bugs...you bothered with none of the annoyances and relished all of the gifts of life being reborn anew....each bud...each stupid dandelion...we planted our last batch of tomatoes and peppers with your mom's help about this time last year....and that last garden kicked ass....now in a ironic symbolic marker....its just brown vines...twisted wire meshing...collapsing brick wall beneath....

You would be so pissed....haha..

This was about the time of year that you would ask each of your boys want they wanted to do for their "special day"....and boy how they looked forward to just hanging out with mom...one on one...playing hooky...no take that back....because hooky implies they were skipping out on learning....no classroom in this world could have taught them more about life and love on those "special" days than you did....in fact no matter how shitty you felt and how hard you tried to hide it...we...well they got it...they knew that their mom was giving up herself to make them feel like the most precious kid in the world...

Which takes me to two closing points....one is a reminder I got tonight just before I started our conversation from Phillipians 2 and just slapped me back into how you lived everyday...and how I...nay...all of us should live everyday....

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others."

So as I get frustrated yet again by the dumbass computer with its Windows Updates that just derailed me and got me on the laptop...(see...much calmer than normal)...I want you to put a word in for Carol and the other MS fighters...for Lori Nixon and her family and her treatments...for Susan Watson and her family who I haven't connected with forever as they move on....for your mother...for Justin and Holly's baby...for the families in Boston grieving....and for those healing and dealing with nightmares....for Viola...don't know why but just felt led to put her on list...for Hilton Head Lori and her family...for Kylee and family...for the Gleason family...for Lisa....and of course for our boys....this house...and me...but put us last....thats the right way..

I LOVE U ALWAYS.....

I MISS U TREMENDOUSLY....

I HAD THE BEST WOMAN EVER...

ME.....