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.

Please check back for updates and event information.

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, May 4, 2014

18 Months.....

So in full disclosure this was done on Saturday...18 months to that final handholding goodbye...final thumbs up....final moment which I treasure forever....but wasn't going to post it for a number of reasons....this is hard....gets harder...is this how I move Forward?  Don't know but here it is....


Love You Sun Always


Me


18 Months


They tell me move on....time to go on....
Have they seen the Mothers Day Catalogs?......


You are so close...yet so far....
so here...yet not...


What should I feel when I am alone...yea...quiet time?
Life goes on for everyone else....but me...and you...frozen...stalled....


on....11.3.12


I want to scream at the world to hug and to love and to not let go....
I can't....they won't get it....they may think they do....but they won't...


You are gone....I get it....I have to move forward....I repeat that mantra.....
I wake to your face....I come down to your smile...I work in front of your eyes...


so don't give me that shit....


Don't try to tell me how to feel....don't pretend to know what's it like...
Sun you get it....and I can't explain it or try to put it into words anymore...


That's why these talks of ours are less frequent...they are harder now...
Move Forward....She wants you to...Really...where was that in our playbook....


Its 18 months....a frickin a year and a half...and I hurt...I ache...
Move Forward.....


My ass....


To what?


You made me look at like at life so differently...so changed my values...
You....You....became so much more the center of my world as the days went by....


So if a circle loses its center...if a shake loses its straw...if the earth loses its Sun....
Then what....a random figure....an undrinkable fast-food mess....a cold reality...I get it all....


but don't cry...don't feel sorry for me...I miss you but I will not let you down...
how is that....you impacted me so much....so seared in my heart....that my biggest fear....


Is letting you down....


The man-childs are doing well all considered....they as you know have found others...
I am so happy for them....as you are....they treat them with respect...and get what it means...


To have someone....(even if it is High School Love)....I know...


Move Forward....


how?....The old Beagle is gone....its me and the Pandora in the morning...and yes work...
But I have no one to push me...no one to hug...no one just to say Good Morning to...


So yes....maybe the world sees me as Moving Forward Mark....FB Mark....Whatever Mark....
But....You and I know....the hurt just takes up less weight now...it ebbs and flows...but exists.....


and after 18 months....its been so long since I held that hand....cheeks...brushed back that hair...
and yet I could print the image and moment now with no film...no smartphone...no pic....


the emotional image...hell your eyes weren't even open...but you felt....


Move forward.....


So as Tainted Love plays....that is how I feel....that song...
I love you so...still do...and I think it has scarred me for anyone else....


and if that is so....oh well...not my wish nor your plan...
I would trade places with you in a snap...just because you said I Do....


and I would....and you would...


But I couldn't....and I got to be there with you....as you crossed over...
No words....tears...raw....unless you have been there emotions....is what it is...


so sorry....baby...miss you so much...


and I am doing the best I can....we all are...I just do....we just do....
but it can't ever be the same....how could it....so maybe it is supposed to be different...


but....just in case the world forgot...I am moving Forward...whatever that is....
but...you were my perfect other...and now I guess are my angel...and I have no regrets..


just know that on Mothers Day...


We remember....


You...


18 months....


Damn...


Blink...


Don't blink...


Love...


here...and Gone....


Don't blink....


ALWAYS SUN


ME