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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sometimes U Just Ache More Than Others....

Sunshine...I LOVE U...its been a little while since we had one of these "on-the-record"...talks...I know you have not been far...and that's know what is said daily between us in certain moments stays between us...but I had to let you know that we are doing good....great in some aspects...and yes moving forward...but that doesn't mean that the hurt still doesn't haunt me and the man-childs...learned a new term for the experience of this you know we had to put your little buddy down...the old was so much to deal much more than a pet...he was such a part of this family...such a link to you...and so sudden...and bam...and had to make that call again...damn....except this time Nolan insisted on being there...and I know he had things to work through...and its so hard to just open up but we did our best as we always do....

But once again....the house is more pesky under my foot Beagle every time I hit the more little buddy even now as we talk for me to reach over and rub his he would by now be having one of those dog dreams....muffled barks at some imaginary visitor...content in his when the garage opens and we come greeting with a just sucks...but we go on...we move we always do...

Had two funeral homes to visit...two more triggers...I don't want to revisit them because there is still fresh grieving I guess would be the term and having been numb like that once....I don't want to trivialize the Foley's and Dugas losses....they hurt...and going to those things....I keep sunglasses on now...and yes I know you hate me for that....take them off I can hear you say...but I can't....I don't want to let the world in at those things....because my world was you...and I had to stand for hours and hug and kiss and shake hands with your casket like right there....and the video stream....sorry...but I don't like those things....but I go...right thing to do....and we move we always do....

And so much happening...I know you would be so proud of your boys...they only became my man-childs after...when they were forced to grow up way to fast...way to yea...your boys...they rock...and they each have done so well...excelling in all really has struck home recently as Ace gets set to head off with the team to you know how hard he worked after his knee surgery...and rehabbed...and now so excited...and how your dad played the game...and how get it...its been are with him...and Logan...actually registering for classes next year that are tough and will challenge...he finally is getting it...that fierce determination you always had....and Nolan...still the sensitive one...and who for the first time in years has no sports going on right now to he is doing his best....he his really kicking some ass at the guitar....but I can tell...comes home from school now and seems lost as to what to his mother...

And then its March Madness never really cared for this time of year....but tolerated it...and of course the replay of the famous Laettner shot to beat Kentucky....the night we walked back into the apartment and there was Jibs...and the replay...."the greatest finish in NCAA tourney history..."...and we had gone to a play for your class at the Playhouse....forgetful play....unforgettable how smokin hot you looked that night...but you felt bad...I loved Duke at the time...stupid Laettner sideburns...etc...but I would have gone to that play again the next night if you had asked....but you didn't....and every year....we got to relive that night....cuz they always show that replay....

And new show on that I know you would love....and not having you to just lay on the couch with and share it....some people just have no clue....and its a frickin shame...but having had the clue...its hard to not have it at times....but we move we always do....

So please don't think we or I am all in a funk again....or this is big pity thing....that is not the case...things are going well...we are moving forward...but that doesn't mean that the essence of what we had....or the love we shared...or the bonds we forged...that doesn't mean raw emotions aren't triggered at times....still learning that...but its a good thing....and I would never trade my life with anyone...because that would mean I never would have got to love you...and you made me feel like I was on top of the world...just by being you...and that is something that can never be taken from me...that feeling....

So yea....I ache...but move forward....I will always love you....