May 13th, 2017. 5K race starts at 9 AM & 1-Mile Walk starts at 9:05 AM.

Sunny Carney & Her Legacy to MOS 5K

Here is a 8 minute video of the story of Sunny Carney.  Sunny is the reason the Miles of Smiles 5K and the recipient of proceeds from the 2008 to 2012 MOS 5K. Sunny passed away from carcinoid cancer on 11/3/12. SOS loves our friend and misses her dearly. Sunny shared some of her proceeds of these races with other cancer patients, and she believed in the idea that this race should benefit members of our community with true need. This is the legacy that Sunny left to SOS. We will always conduct the MOS 5K in a manner that honors and remembers this mother, wife, daughter, friend, warrior against cancer, and hero to all who knew her.

On a personal note, the empathy for humanity that Sunny possessed was infectious.  As the founder and Executive Director of SOS, I do not believe that SOS would exist if I had not met Sunny Jennings Carney.  The skills I learned while helping coordinate those first few races at the Plum Midget Football Field I still use today to help create events that would make Sunny proud and create students who have that “Sunny” disposition for the world that my friend did.  I hope this event makes you smile every year we conduct our MOS 5K because this race will always in my heart be the Miles of Smiles for Sunny.

Christopher M. Cooley

Executive Director of Serving Other Souls, Inc.

Recipients of Net Proceeds of Miles of Smiles 5K


Chris Chamberlain - 2017 MOS 5K

The Chamberlain family has encountered many unfortunate events over the past three years. Beginning in February of 2013, Frank, Chris Chamberlain’s husband, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The doctors thought that he was having gallbladder issues never thinking it was something serious.  Frank was doing well with treatment until in November when the chemo stopped working. He quickly deteriorated and passed away one day short of a year of his diagnosis in February of 2014.

In September of 2016,  Chris Chamberlain had a mammogram done and docs found two tumors in her left breast. My doctor immediately sent her to a surgeon and they determined that she had stage 3 breast cancer. She is currently receiving chemo and will undergo surgery in March of 2017. After her surgery, Chris will have six weeks of radiation five days a week and hopefully have a good prognosis.

Kenneth Millett - 2017 MOS 5K

Ken has been out of work since the end of the month of october 2013 when he was diagnosed with three inoperable tumors on his spinal cord.  Ken’s neurosurgeon recommended that he apply for disability.    In June 2016,  Ken was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  He had surgery to remove it on August 4th, 2016.  The surgeon stated he was able to remove all the cancer during the surgery, but stated that there was a 90% chance the cancer could return.  Ken lives with his fiance, Lori, her son, Shayne (16), and his son, Justin (22). Ken had to return to limited work since Lori had back surgery and could not keep working as a nurse.  All of these medical needs for this family have caused the family a financial crisis that SOS hopes the race proceeds can help.

Monica Pilyih - 2017 MOS 5K

Monica Pilyih a wife and mother of 3 daughters. She has dealt with health issues for 20 years being due to being diagnosed with ITP and RA . Last year, Monica received a diagnosis  of breast cancer and lymphoma.  Due to all the medical needs that Monica has faced, her family is facing extreme financial hardships.  SOS hopes that the proceeds from the race can assist Monica and her family.

Robin Wareham - 2017 & 2016 MOS 5K

Robin Wareham, 52, of Murrysville was diagnosed with rectal cancer in Nov 2015.   Robin began treatment for her cancer shortly after that.  She was briefly hospitalized with complications of her treatment, but she found a way to persevere through and hopes to complete treatment in Aug 2016.  Robin is married to her husband, Jeff and their children are Matthew (16) and Michael (14). Michael is in SOS.   After Robin completed her initial treatment regiment for rectal cancer, doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized and moved to her lungs.  On March 17th, 2017, Robin will have surgery on her one lung to remove the two spots on her one lung.  The spot on her other lung will have to wait for a future surgery.  This new diagnosis is why she was chosen a recipient for 2017 as well as a 2016 recipient.

Stephen Johnston - 2016 MOS 5K

Stephen Johnston, 52, of Murrysville was diagnosed with rare and aggressive type of bladder cancer in Nov 2015.  Stephen had his first surgery in Dec 2015, and he will start treatments starting in Feb 2016.  Stephen is married to his wife, Kathy, and their children are Ethan (15), Zack (12), and Jonah (9).  Their son, Zack, has attended SOS events, such as the Homeless Shelter Clothing Donation trip.

Christine Laliberte - 2016 MOS 5K

Christine Laliberte, 50, of Murrysville was diagnosed with rectal cancer in Sept 2014.  Christine has endured several surgeries and chemotherapy over the last 1.5 years.  Christine has also dealt with the complications of suffering a stroke, needing a ileostomy bag due to surgery, and multiple severe infections.  Christine lives with her daughter, Tori (14) and has 3 older children. Tori has been SOS member for 2 yrs.

Brian Stroup - 2016 MOS 5K

Brian Stroup, 46, of Murrysville was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in Jan 2011.  Brian has endured multiple surgeries and chemotherapy over the last five years.  Brian just recently started another chemotherapy after being off for three months.  Most likely, Brian will have to ensure another surgery this year.  Brian is married to his wife, Lisa, and their children are Conor (13), Emily (11), and Alayna (9).

Miracle League of Western PA - 2015 MOS 5K

The Miracle League is based in Murrysville, PA and was recipient of 44% of the net proceeds from the 2015 Miles of Smiles 5K ($8534).  Have you heard the crack of the bat? …the cheers of the crowd? …or seen the smiles of the players when they take the field?  There is something about playing the game that lights up a youngster’s eyes.  But for people facing serious physical and mental disabilities that opportunity has often been difficult to achieve.  The Miracle League of Western PA removes the barriers that keep people with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime.  Our Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.  But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids.  To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer.  The result is a bond that cannot be described.

Lorri Nixon - 2015 and 2012 MOS 5K

Lorri Nixon and her family were recipients of 56% of the net proceeds from the 2015 MOS 5K ($11,000) and one-third of the net proceeds from the 2012 Miles of Smiles for the Gals 5K ($4,400). Lorri’s family respectfully declined a portion of the net proceeds in 2013 since they felt Plum families has been so good to them during her continuing struggle through leukemia.  Lorri was the person who suggested that SOS reach out to the family of Susan Pinal (see above) to determine if the Pinal family would consider a portion of the net proceeds.  This is just one of countless example of love for others that Lorri and her family has witnessed to her friends, family, and the Serving Other Souls organization.  We are in awe of her courage and SOS believes that Lorri Nixon is a true American hero.

Lorri Nixon is a mom of three who is battling Leukemia. She and her husband Tom reside in Plum Borough with their son and two daughters. Lorri suffered a cerebral aneursym in 1996 and developed hard to control seizures after the surgery. In 2007, Lorri had a mini-stroke and they discovered she had a serious blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia. She then developed Leukemia. She has undergone many blood transfusions, rounds of chemotherapy and clinical trials and they have not been able to get her into remission. Lorri has also endured a great amount of bone pain, physical exhaustion, and long periods of isolation due to a compromised immune system. She was an elementary teacher and reading specialist before she became ill and has tutored many children in our community.  Lorri has a strong faith in God and cherishes each day she has with her family.

Bruce Linhart - 2013 MOS 5K

The family of Bruce Linhart received one-half of the net proceeds from the 2013 MOS 5K ($9,634).  Bruce Linhart, 48, of Plum suffered from Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC).  PSC is a disease of the bile ducts that causes inflammation and subsequent obstruction of bile ducts both inside and outside the liver level. The inflammation impeded the flow of bile to  the gut, which could ultimately lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and liver cancer.  .  Bruce’s health forced him to leave his work at HJ Heinz in Nov. 2012.  In Nov. 2013, Bruce received a portion of his relative’s (Andrew) liver, and the live-donor transplant was a massive success, and Bruce is healthy and back at work.  

Susan Pinal - 2013 MOS 5K

The family of Susan Pinal will receive one-half of the net proceeds from the 2013 MOS 5K ($9,634).  Susan Ann (Clancy) Pinal, teacher and librarian for Plum Borough School District, passed away on May 30, 2013 at the age of 36. Susan was the wife of Rudy Pinal and mother of Daniel (3.5 years old) and Michael (5 months). Susan died suddenly and unexpectedly as a result of bilateral pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.  According to Mr. Pinal, it is very difficult to know when a person may have a clot that is caused by deep vein thrombosis or if a person’s blood is more likely to form clots than other individuals.  He also stated that the bilateral pulmonary embolism is very hard to correct once it has started. 50% of net proceeds of the race will be donated to Susan’s Memorial Fund for Daniel & Michael’s future educational endeavors. For those wishing to learn more about info from National Institutes of Health describing pulmonary embolism, click

Kristin Croyle -2012 MOS 5K

Kristin Croyle and her family were recipients of one-third of the net proceeds from the 2012 Miles of Smiles for the Gals ($4,400).  “Kristin Croyle was very passionate about her family of five boys and three girls and her loving husband, Lance.  Not only was she nurturing to her family but to everyone who knew her.  Kristin lived her life by the word of the Lord. Her incredible drive to help and do things for others had a very special way of building faith and strength in the people that met her and knew her.  In December of 2011, Kristin was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  On August 12, 2012, after an intense battle, determination and strong will to be here to raise her children, the Lord took her home.  Along this short journey, Kristin unknowingly brought so many people together with her faith, hope, and passion for the Lord and her family.  Her love and spirit will continue to bless our hearts.”
Written by Lance Croyle on Sept. 27, 2012

Sunny Carney - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 MOS 5K

Sunny Carney and her family were recipients of all net proceeds from 2008- 2011 MOS 5K (non-SOS event from 2008-2011, so SOS has no records of what Sunny received from these events) and one-third of the net proceeds of the 2012 MOS 5K ($4,400). Our race’s namesake passed away from carcinoid cancer on Nov.3, 2012, the morning before the 2012 Miles of Smiles 5K.  The race the following day was an amazing tribute to a strong and remarkable woman.  Since the inception of this race, the MOS 5K events have allowed so many people to share their financial and emotional support with Sunny and now other needy souls, and in return, these races provided Sunny and the others that we serve with the faith, hope, and love to help in their fight of the incurable diseases.  The blurb below was Sunny’s original data that her family presented to SOS to share, and we left it unchanged as a testament to the legacy that she forged and her family, friends, and SOS tries to help other remember to inspire us all in our moments of need.

Sunny Carney lives in Plum Borough with her husband, Mark, and their three sons. 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.

Race Information


Information on Registration Fees

Cost of race:

Present through March 14, 2017 – 5K/1 Mile Walk costs $15 donation (Early bird fee)


March 15, 2017 through April 21, 2017 – 5K/1 Mile walk costs $20 donation (regular fee)


All runners/walkers registered by April 21th will be guaranteed  a race t-shirt


April 22, 2017  through May 8, 2017 (mail-in registrations) – $25 donation (Late fee)


April 22, 2017 through May 12, 2017 11:59:59 PM  (online registrations) – $25 donation (Late fee)


Day of Race (As of 12 AM May 13, 2017) – $30 donation (Day of Race fee)


Any registrations (either mail-in or online) from April 22, 2017 through Day of Race will only receive a race event t-shirt while supplies last, which is typically only a few days after the end of the regular rate deadline.

How Race Proceeds Will Be Distributed

Serving Other Souls is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is fronting the required monies to conduct this year and all future years of the Miles of Smiles 5K events.  Any 5K requires immense planning and fronting of money that is spent before a single runner steps on the course.  Below you will find a link to a ledger to all expenses, dates of payment, and reasons for purchases that Serving Other Souls has fronted the Miles of Smiles event in order to conduct our event.

With the total proceeds of race, Serving Other Souls will:

1.) Repay the debts the organization incurred to put the race together

2.) Once all debts have been re-paid, S.O.S. will make a financial contribution to the new net total so the organization can too donate towards the benefiting families.

3.) SOS will take the first 20% of the net proceeds after all debts have been paid and set this 20% aside in a savings account.  The account will be used to fund SOS cancer support grants to local families that suffer from cancer that seek financial support from SOS after the end of each annual MOS 5K race window until the start of next year’s race window.

3.) The remaining 80% of net proceeds after all expenses have been repaid and S.O.S. has made a contribution to the event, will be split between the number of recipients of that year’s race. Typically, the distribution of these funds is split evenly between the recipients, but SOS reserves the right to split these funds in whatever ratio the SOS Board of Directors sets forth to meet the needs of the families that the SOS Board of Directors voted to support.

You will find the race expenses listed in our financial statement in red;  also you will see any donations or proceeds deposited into S.O.S. account listed in greenServing Other Souls places all these details on our website to remain transparent about our mission, TO SERVE OTHER SOULS, in an honest method that allows us to continue to offer these services for years to come.  Please contact S.O.S. with questions or concerns.

Click here to view the overall summary of all deposits and expenses for Miles of Smiles 5K & 1 Mile Walk
(The race ledger will be updated daily or multiple times as week, and these totals will adjust with ledger)

Awards given at MOS 5K

The Miles of Smiles 5K provides 1st and/or 2nd Place Awards for these categories:

Overall Top Male
(1st & 2nd place receive trophy)
Overall Top Female
(1st & 2nd place receive trophy)
Male Masters Winner
(Top male 40 years or older receives trophy)
Female Masters Winner
(Top female 40 years or older receives trophy)
9 years old and under Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
9 years old and under Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
10 – 14 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
10 – 14 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
15 – 19 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
15 – 19 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
20 – 29 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
20 – 29 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
30 – 39 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
30 – 39 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
40 – 49 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
40 – 49 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
50 – 59 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
50 – 59 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
60 years old and older Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
60 years old and older Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)

Event Itinerary

6:30 – 7:30 AM – Volunteers arrive

7:30 AM – Registration table opens

7:45 AM – Bake sale opens.
Last year’s bake sale had cakes from Jennuine Cakes and Cafe and goodies from Spinola’s Bakery, plus tons of homemade baked goods from loving Franklin Regional families.

8 AM – Chinese Auction opens.
Last year, our auction included amazing baskets such as a over 50 amazing baskets that annually raise thousands of dollars for our event due to the amazing baskets donated! Bring your wallet or checkbook!

8 AM – Plumline Nursery trees & shrubs go on sale. Plumline donates inventory from their stock and SOS offers these items at 50-75% off retail price as an additional fundraiser for our event! Bring you wallet or checkbook!

8:50 AM Opening ceremony & National Anthem

9:00 AM – 5K Race Begins

9:05 AM – 1 Mile Walk Begins

9:15 to 10:15 AM – Refreshments & music

10:15 AM – Chinese auction and tree sales closes

 10:15 – 10:30 AM  – 5K awards & auction winner named

10:30 – 10:45 AM – Participants leave event.  See you next year!

10:45 AM – 12 PM – Volunteers Clean Field and Race Course

Packet Pick-up Info

For any 5K run or 1 mile walk participants who pre-register, race packet pick-up location is at Elite Runners and Walkers in Miracle Mile Shopping Center (directions link below) from:

11AM to 7 PM on Friday, May 12, 2016

For those of you planning on using GPS to get to Pro Bikes + Run, the store address is as follows:

4030 William Penn Highway
Miracle Mile Shopping Center
Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone: 412-457-0474

For those who wish to print directions to the store: when you click the link below, it will take you to a Google Map site of the store.  Click “directions” tab on the pop up screen.  Finally, enter the address you will be leaving from to come to the gym in slot A (Pro Bikes + Run is in slot B), and click “get directions” for a tailor-made direction list from your home .

Click here for Google Map directions to Elite Runners and Walkers

Any other pre-registered runners and walkers can pick up their race packet the morning of the race by visiting the “Pre-Registration booth” inside the Boyce Park Ski Lodge between 7:30 AM and 8:45 AM on race morning.

Plumline Nursery Tree and Shrub Sale

Plumline Nursery has been very generous to the Miles of Smiles 5K over the years.  The time of year of the 5K works well for Plumline to donate the remaining trees and scrubs from their summer inventory before the winter, and Serving Other Souls will offer these items at an amazingly discounted rate.  Cash and checks will be accepted at this sale.  Checks should be made out to Serving Other Souls.  The proceeds of the tree and scrub sale will be added to the total net proceeds of our 5K event that will be split equally between our families.

Chinese Auction of Gift Baskets

The previous Miles of Smiles 5K events collected an amazing assortment of specialty gift baskets from the 2008 – 2011 basket auctions at Plum Midget Football Field that were part of the Chinese Auctions in which all proceeds went to Sunny.  In 2012, SOS received even more baskets for our 2012 auction that benefitted the family of Kristin Croyle, Lorri Nixon, and Sunny Carney. In 2013, our Chinese Auction was a sight to behold and our largest ever as we support Bruce and Susan’s families.  Every year since, our basket raffle has set records surpassing quantity of baskets and value of donations from the baskets.  Your donation is tax deductible (if paperwork is requested from SOS) and you or your company can gain sponsorship benefits for your donation.  Click the sponsorship link to view these benefits.  If you chose to donate one to our cause, please contact S.O.S. if you wish to donate a basket to our auction.  Please bring your cash or checkbook to our event and plan on spending a great deal of money to pay tribute to these courageous families and a wonderful cause!! (Please make checks out to Serving Other Souls)

All Baskets need to be delivered to Franklin Regional Middle School by 5/17/17. Please email SOS so we can create ticket bin for your donated basket ahead of time.

Cost of tickets to use in Chinese auction will be announced at signs at our event.  Please plan on bringing your checkbook or wallet!!

Winners not present at 10:15 to 10:30 AM to claim prizes for Chinese Auction Baskets will be contacted to pick up prizes

History of the Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk

Serving Other Souls (S.O.S.),, is a servant-leadership group built to create leaders through service based initiatives.  The members of S.O.S. are students of Franklin Regional Middle School, in Murrysville, PA, who are dedicated to helping individuals with great need.  S.O.S members can offer their time, talent, or treasure to S.O.S service projects that aim to improve the lives of those who require aid. The overall goal of Serving Other Souls is to increase empathy and decrease apathy in all S.O.S. members as we serve those souls who require assistance. As S.O.S. members participate in service events, they are trained in finding those in crisis and developing a plan to help those individuals attain the necessary material, physical, or emotional support to relieve the crisis. With these beliefs and goals in mind, Serving Other Souls creates service events that have the opportunity to help those in need; improve the character of the students who volunteer; and possibly most important, offer hope to all those who attend an S.O.S. event that the world and the souls who live on it are worth smiling about.

Therefore, in the fall of 2012, Serving Other Souls was excited about the opportunity to assume the responsibility of the Miles of Smiles (MOS) for Sunny 5K from Running for a Reason (R4R), a disbanded non-profit organization that was originally created to organize and implement the Miles of Smiles for Sunny 5K. The group, R4R, existed from 2008 through 2011 and was disbanded when the executive board members could not come to a common vision on the future plans of R4R after 4 years of running the event.   From 2008 through 2011, MOS 5K generated tens of thousands of dollars for the namesake of the event, Sunny Carney, a Plum mother of three sons. Sunny was afflicted for over ten years with a rare and incurable form of cancer called carcinoid cancer. Since the disease is so rare, insurance rarely covered the treatments for this type of cancer. Sunny fought this disease with a determination and grace regardless of the financial obligations and her actions have inspired those who knew her.  Unfortunately,  Sunny lost her battle to carcinoid cancer on Nov. 3, 2012, the evening before our 2012 SOS Miles of Smiles 5K.  The race the following day was an amazing tribute to a strong and remarkable woman.  Since the inception of this race, the MOS 5K events have allowed so many people to share their financial and emotional support with Sunny and now other needy souls, and in return, these races provided Sunny and the others that we serve with the faith, hope, and love to help in their fight of the incurable diseases.

Volunteer your time & talent or donate your treasure to MOS 5K



SOS is using as our app to advertise our volunteer needs for this event.  Please click this link below to taken to the volunteer signup header quarters for the MOS 5K. If you have used before, your email contact will be recognized the moment you enter into the app.  If you are a first timer to, it will ask you for your name and email so you receive updates about the volunteer positions that you may sign up for.  Please make sure you use our FULL NAME when signing up and not a nickname like pinkpuppy6, because SOS will not know who is filling the job.

The volunteer spots are both for actual jobs that need completed on May 12th and 13th and to sign up to make material donations such as donating bottles of water, bananas, bagels, etc.  Click the icon below to view the jobs or sign up to donate materials to our event.

Vendors can also sign up via the Signup app.  We will welcome up to 10 vendors, with a new reduced $25 registration fee, but vendors will now be offered a table outside on the patio behind the ski lodge near the Plumline Tree and Shrub sale.  Click here if you are a vendor to print the vendor form that will reserve a table at the Miles of Smiles 5k. 

All volunteers report to the Boyce Park Ski Lodge at reporting time.

Look for Volunteer Check-in signs near the entrance of Ski Lodge.

Please check your position off to verify you have showed up to cover the position.  Report to your position at the requested time or ask for assistance.

If wish to make a non-sponsorship donation of any amount to the MOS 5K, you can do so in two methods that are both tax-deductible and SOS will issue a donation receipt to donor.

If mailing check, please make out check to SOS or Serving Other Souls.  Please mail check to:  Serving Other Souls, 712 Anderson Avenue, Pgh, PA 15239.  Please include non-sponsor MOS 5K on memo. Make sure return address is on check or mailing envelope.

Use Credit Card or Paypal acct to make online donation to MOS5K. Make sure you type MOS5K in field that asks where donation should go in online donation.



Welcome to the Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsorship Information Center.  Here you can view current and past sponsors of our race. Sponsors are classified by cash donations ($) or product donations (P). You can also make a non-sponsor donation. Click the bottom link to view options.