The Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (affectionately known as Bonnie’s Bus”) began in 2009 to honor Bonnie Wells Wilson. Bonnie was a woman like many other women in West Virginia. She spent most of her life in a rural area of the state. She married her high school sweetheart. She was a devoted mother of four and grandmother of seven. Bonnie’s daughter, Jo, describes her mother as a woman that “lived life to the fullest.” At a glance, it may seem like she had it all, but the one thing she didn’t have was access to a screening mammogram. She fought breast cancer for almost twenty years but Bonnie passed away from the disease in 1992. Bonnie’s daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie “Jo” and Ben Statler wanted to make sure other families would not lose their mother (grandmother, sister, daughter, or friend) because of lack of access to screening mammograms
Bonnie spent her life in a remote area of the state with no access to screening mammography. Jo and Ben Statler wanted to ensure that other families would not lose their mother from lack of access to mammograms.
Jo and Ben made a generous donation to establish Bonnie’s Bus in 2009. Their donation underwrote the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program as well as two endowed research positions at WVU.