MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Wirt, Braxton, Upshur, Harrison and Gilmer counties offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.
A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at:
• Coplin Memorial Clinic in Elizabeth from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 3. For an appointment, call 304-273-1033.
• Elk Memorial Clinic in Gassaway from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 22. For an appointment, call 304-364-2401.
• Tri-County Health Clinic in Rock Cave from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23. For an appointment, call 304-924-6262.
• West Milford Health Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. For an appointment, call 304-745-4568.
• Minnie Hamilton Health Center in Glenville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 25. For an appointment, call 304-462-7322.
The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.
Since the startup of the mobile mammography program, Bonnie’s Bus has provided more than 4,300 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia and led to the detection of eight cases of breast cancer. Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP.
Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, women’s groups and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia.
Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to the Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated in partnership with WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Jo Statler’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson.
For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.
Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.
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For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087