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, April 15, 2013

Terror and Prayer

SUNSHINE I LOVE U....I can't even think about starting our talk tonight without leading off with that...I don't know what you see in heaven or not....on one hand I truly believe you are with us in a way...somehow protecting or rooting for us...yet if so...then I guess you might feel our discomfort...our hurt when something like today happens in Boston....and doesn't that go against what heaven is not to suffering...I don't know ....I will have to wait to find out the answer...

I am drawn to the memory of 9/11....but in particular how young are kids were back then and how they really had no concept back then of what was happening...and kids our boys age then are now some of the victims...losing life and limbs...losing family and friends...I know what I feel and how I cry when I think of the innocence lost to our boys by your passing....and just like Sandy Hook...I get choked up now when I see images of little ones getting rushed away in a wheelchair...or of the father cradling his infant like one of those baby carriers we never got as he rushes away from the scene....

Those that attacked Boston today....whoever they were...took advantage of what makes this country so of our strengths...and used it against us...hoping to maim and kill...but also to strike fear in our daily life from here on out....sure we celebrate the opportunity to friends... family... cheer each other continue old make renew establish new ones....a beautiful day...just like that Tuesday on Sept 11 almost twelve years they think we are vulnerable...we are weak...we are exposed...that their attack will radically change how we think or live...striking fear and paralyzing us to the point where they eventually win....

They won't win...they can't win...because what these cowards whoever they are don' can't understand is that we are not defined by an event....we are not defined by a evil yet futilely pathetic attempt to make us see the world the way they want us to see the world...or to get their message...we are not defined by murderous attempts to spread a certain religion or again a "message"....we already got it....whoever you are...."you hate us...."....good for cowardly bastards...we get it...and we frickin what....

You only hate in life what you are not.....what you can't have...what you can never be....and that is what defines us....we are a spirit....the American can't grasp can't have can't kill it....and yes....whoever you are you little pricks will continue to try....and you will succeed at some point again...because we are an open society that will not live in fear...look at how NYC  has bounced that site in Lower Manhattan an American Phoenix rises you must hate that whoever you are....but that is who we are...that is what defines us.....not what you pathetic little lost people try to do....but in the heroic God-given greatness response that we have to your evil....

So I tell the boys tonight....we need to pray for Boston...pray for those families and the victims...pray for the American Spirit....but do not go through life afraid...but be damn secure in where your ultimate journey will take you....reuniting with you...their mom....and live accordingly....not in fear...but in faith....

And recognize that the news today was terrible...but the American Spirit still shone brightly amidst the chaos....and that is what the little bastards can't grasp...whoever they we pray....not to a dude....but to the Almighty...and we go back to living...changes will occur....but what makes us unique will live has to ....because He does....

That's it...all I got....