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, September 18, 2013

I Remember

Well Sunshine...it's the 19th of September...I was going to say you missed another birthday....but you really didn't....with all of the events of yesterday (see FB for ?) you were definitely around...I LOVE YOU..no scratch that ..WE LOVE YOU so much....it's hard...but I want to share with Austen how special he is...to you and to me....he is growing into the fine young man you knew he would be right in front of my eyes....he drives your Durango with such fierce pride I joke I wish he kept after his room the same way....he is an honor student..a two sport athlete...apparently a "stud"... But I know he has to hurt....especially today...even without reading your b-day card....wow...

I remember when we were told that children weren't in our future...but if they were we had to hurry(frickin tumors).....I remember the day that we found out our first miracle and had the ultrasound picture to prove it..l remember each and every visit to the ultrasound clinic to monitor the risky development....I remember taping each new photo at the office in front of me...my motivation....I still have them.....

I remember that long labor....the suction pump snapping with his big head....me freaking...you screaming..and the medical team laughing....Austen was special from day one...I remember sleeping head to your feet so my head could be next to his bassinet at the end of our bed because I was freaked out by SIDS....you laughed...I remember when we moved him into his own room next to ours on Deely...the first time you needed "girls time"..and how scared I was to be in charge of my living bobble head....he needed changed...I did it...he peed on me...pooped and had the reflux...right when you came home...what a sight....you laughed....I remember Austen in his crib....standing tall...holding on to the side...as I would sneak around and then pop up singing the Mission Impossible theme and he laughed and laughed...oh that priceless laugh....I remember you taking him to swimming lessons at the JCC and getting in the pool at some God awful time on Sunday morning....just so he was advanced....I remember the bouncy seat on Deely and how you used to sit by him and read to him as he grew strong and got ready to walk....I remember his laugh when Dad came home...no matter how hard of a day...damn I cry now...he didn't care...I was Dad....

I remember his first day of school...you took the photos.....you were a wreck...he did fine...I remember 9/11....holding him and his brothers like it was the last day on earth.....I remember taking his tournament baseball team to Greenfield and he pitched a complete game...got the player of the game....and how you beamed....I remember how he hugged you every morning....no matter what....I remember his basketball games at Riverview....and while coaching him as he scored 20, mop of red hair flowing ....you yelling at the Fox Chapel mom whose kid he might have fouled....I remember building Thomas trains in the the first floor and you didn't care if it was a mess....you understood it was a guy thing.... I remember the day we had to sit them down and tell them "mom was fighting cancer"....how strong he tried to be for his brothers.....sorry again I am bawling....

I remember being half way around the world with you fighting that cancer and how much it meant to hear his voice every day....and oh the hugs you gave him when we got back....I remember how proud you were when he finally agreed to cut his long red hair just because if mom was going to lose her hair he would cut his too....I remember the pain we felt when he tore his ACL at AAU....I remember how cool he thought it was that the two of you could go to therapy together.....

I remember his 16 th b-day....in the outer banks....you made sure it was a special occasion even though we were there for Amy's wedding.....who knew?

I remember that last night....November 2.....he didn't want to leave your bedside....just squeezing....just talking..you couldn't talk back but your eyes danced and you nodded.....he just wanted to stay with his mom..

Sorry I can't do this anymore.....I remember.....Austen please remember that you are my big guy and your mom loved you more than her life itself....

I remember .....

Happy birthday Ace....mom and dad love you...

Thanks Sun....I miss you....

ME