Will visit Triadelphia Volunteer Fire Department Oct. 4, Brooke County Public Library Oct. 6

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Ohio and Brooke counties next month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.  A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Triadelphia Volunteer Fire Department on Monday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg on Wednesday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The mammograms are not free, but billing to insurers is provided.  Women who lack insurance may be matched to government or nonprofit charities. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment in Triadelphia, call Sandy Duvall at the Ohio County Health Department at 304-234-3720. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment in Wellsburg, call the Brooke County Health Department at 304-737-3665.

During its first year on the road in 2009, the 40-foot long Bonnie’s Bus travelled 9,000 miles, visited 20 counties, and provided nearly 400 mammography screenings. The goal for 2010 is to make at least 60 site visits throughout West Virginia with a focus on communities that have high breast cancer mortality rates. 

Bonnie’s Bus represents a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals 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 WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bonnie.

For more information: Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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