Bonnie’s bus coming to Williamson Nov. 5


By Courtney Harrison - [email protected]



WILLIAMSON – Bonnie’s Bus will be available to provide mammograms for Mingo County residents Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Williamson at the parking lot across from the BB and T building where the Williamson Farmers Market is held.

Pre-registration for Bonnie’s Bus is required. A doctor’s order is also required for screening or one may be obtained at the visit. For more information or to schedule your appointment, call Dana Wright at 304-235-2692.

Only screening mammograms are performed on Bonnie’s Bus. Any woman age 40 or over can receive a screening mammogram on Bonnie’s Bus. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.

If a woman had a previous problem but has been returned to her routine mammogram, she can receive a mammogram on Bonnie’s Bus.

If a woman age 35-39 requests a baseline mammogram, she must have a payment source.

Types of payment accepted include private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WV BCCSP) for high risk women age 40-49 that are enrolled in the WV BCCSP or any woman age 50-64 enrolled in the WV BCCSP, local Komen funds and Bonnie’s Bus grant funds which are available for women 40 or older who are not covered by any of the payment options listed above.

Local collaborators for the Bonnie’s Bus program include the Williamson Woman’s Club, the WVU Extension Service, the Williamson Health and Wellness Center and the Mingo County Health Department. Bonnie’s Bus is a service provided by the West Virginia University Cancer Institute.

The Bonnie’s Bus program is supported in part by the Randolph Cancer Center, NBCF, and the West Virginia Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Bonnie’s Bus was funded in memory of Bonnie Wells Wilson, who died of breast cancer.

According to the website, “Bonnie’s Bus has provided over 11,000 mammograms and detected at least 48 cases of breast cancer.”

The website explains that the bus is fully equipped and provides visitors with a full patient experience. “In addition to the digital mammography machine, the 40 foot-long bus is equipped with a patient-education area, restroom and waiting area. Women whose mammograms suggest a need for further diagnosis and treatment will be guided to doctors in their home communities or to hospitals and if needed, to state-of-the-art clinical trials for patients who want access to them. The Bus is connected to a network of WV hospitals and clinics that will make it easier for women who live far from hospitals or an academic medical center to gain access to investigational drug trials,” the website explains.

For more information on Bonnie’s Bus visit http://wvucancer.org/bonnie, http://facebook.com/BonniesBus, or call 877-287-2272.

By Courtney Harrison

[email protected]

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