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, April 12, 2013

Promises Kept

Sunshine I hope you know...I LOVE U...there...and I promised you last night that we were more hiding behind internet down or boohoo I can't finish...(no pun intended....)....tomorrow your baby takes his drivers test...damn I wish you were here for that...its a huge milestone in a man's life...and Austen is a man now....hate to admit it but your little red haired "golden child" is growing up so fast...I cry now...not of sorrow...but because you snuck him out to the parking lot and took him driving and he is going to take his test in the SUV he picked out for you back in 2004....

Christmas week...minivan going to the trade in heap of in hospital with Lung surgery...the first one...I had picked out two Durango Hemi's from Leiberth(yea another victim of our Obama Socialism Rocks...) candy apple snow white......Austen and I went down...and he said..."Get the red one dad" got it...had them wrap it up ....brought you home Dec 24th....Christmas morning....snowing...real snow...not the sporadic lets pretend its snow to make Christmas feel good...real were sleeping....I paid the salesman $100 to drive it up that morning....with a red bow...and he backed it up right to the front door...we lifted the hatch...flipped that DVD player down...put the rest of your presents in the back beneath the hatch....put in Kevin Costner's Robin Hood and set  the remote to program to play the theme song..."Everything I Do I Do It For You...Bryan Adams...our wedding song...every last romantic bone and nerve in my body  ready to say....Sun...welcome home..merry Xmas...the snow was God...Eight...we call you down...we open the front door....the hatch is up...candy red...snowy white...a holiday candy cane...Marc Burnett couldn't have scripted it come down...the presents stacked in the hatch backed up five feet from the front door...the flip screen say...and I push play..."everything I do ...I do it for you..." start balling..."that's our song"..."I know"...."how did you"..."merry Xmas baby"....

I joked that every romantic urge in my inner core was spent for that...but truth be taught me that its never too much to show how special the love of your of life is....later when I would go to Giant Eagle in Waterworks and create the six dozen $40 arrangements twice a month unannounced and unexpected your friends and family would be like..."Mark...have you lost your mind..." "the Vases don't even hold them...." frickin what...I remember to this day when you were president of PTA and had the planning meeting for spring carnival after your surgery...I brought that bunch of flowers into PIVIK without a warning and came in to the auditorium and said..."Hey....where's the President.."....your friends cried and you turned red....advice to all young men....treat your loved one to flowers at her office or place of importance...but don't tell her ahead of time...its so worth the reaction not just from her...but from her friends...she will feel like a she should...

I LOVE U anyways....this began because tomorrow our little red head takes his drivers test...damn....I cry...I remember back to the day he was born...It changed my life...I stop now...I am choked up...Please tell every Angel up there and the Big Guy to pray for him....