Bonnie’s Bus is a mobile mammography unit that provides breast cancer screening throughout West Virginia, especially in rural parts of the state with limited or no access to screening mammography.
The bus provides mammograms to individuals who fall within screening guidelines in a comfortable, convenient environment. Screening is provided for women, men, transgender, and gender-diverse people with private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or those who qualify for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Uninsured patients living in West Virginia who are age 40 and older can receive a screening mammogram on the Bus through the generosity of grant funding and donations.
Bonnie’s Bus was created in honor of Bonnie Wells Wilson, who succumbed to breast cancer in rural West Virginia because of limited access to screening mammography. Bonnie’s daughter and son-in-law, Jo and Ben Statler, established Bonnie’s Bus in 2009 with a generous donation to help prevent other families from losing a loved one to breast cancer.
Since 2009, Bonnie’s Bus has:
- Provided more than 27,000 screening mammograms
- Detected more than 150 cases of breast cancer
- Traveled more than 200,000 miles
- Completed more than 1,500 screening days
- Funded at least 1,800 mammograms through grant funding and donations
View the annual report to learn more about Bonnie’s Bus and the positive impact it has on breast cancer prevention in West Virginia.
Bonnie’s Bus FAQ
How can I schedule an appointment on Bonnie’s Bus?
Please check our bus calendar for a list of upcoming visits and contact the hosting organization directly to schedule your mammogram.
Who can get a mammogram on Bonnie’s Bus?
The bus provides mammograms to individuals who fall within screening guidelines, including women, men, transgender, and gender-diverse people who:
- Live in West Virginia and are age 40 or older, regardless of ability to pay
- Live in West Virginia and are age 35-39 and requesting a baseline mammogram with a payment source
- Are age 40 or older with a previous breast cancer-related issue and need a routine mammogram
- Live outside of West Virginia and are age 40 or older with a payment source for the mammogram
Uninsured patients living in West Virginia over the age of 40 will not be turned away. Grant funding and donations will be used to cover the cost.
What type of payment is accepted on Bonnie’s Bus?
Mammograms on Bonnie’s Bus are not free. The bus serves women, men, transgender, and gender-diverse people who have private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or those who qualify for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Uninsured patients living in West Virginia who are 40 and older can receive a screening mammogram on the Bus through the generosity of grant funding and donations.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
Patients should bring their insurance information, driver’s license or picture ID, and a healthcare provider’s orders for the mammogram.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment to check-in with staff and complete the appropriate paperwork. Patients should not wear deodorant, lotion, or perfume on the underarm or chest area to their appointment.
How often should I get a mammogram?
Current screening guidelines for mammography vary based on age and risk factors. Ask your doctor about which schedule is right for you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides these screening guidelines and resources.
How soon will I get my results?
Final results and recommendations will be sent to each patient and their referring provider within 30 days.
If I need follow-up care, who do I contact?
Patients whose screening mammograms suggest a need for further diagnosis and treatment will be referred to their local provider and healthcare facilities for evaluation.
Does Bonnie’s Bus have funding for additional tests or diagnostic services?
Bonnie’s Bus is not able to pay for additional tests or diagnostic services needed as a result of a screening mammogram.
How does my clinic request Bonnie’s Bus mammography images after a visit?
Mammography images can be requested via email, fax or telephone. For details, see this document.
How can I get Bonnie’s Bus to come to my area?
Individuals and communities in West Virginia can submit a request for Bonnie’s Bus to come to their area to provide mammograms. For more information, call 304-293-2370 or 877-287-2272 or request a visit online by filling out the form below.