Jo and Ben Statler established Bonnie’s Bus in memory of Jo’s mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson, who passed away in 1992 from breast cancer. “We knew then that if we ever had the opportunity and the means, we would do something to memorialize her,” said Jo. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

In addition to providing funding for Bonnie’s Bus, the Statlers also established the Jo and Ben Statler Chair and Eminent Scholar of Breast Cancer Research—one of many philanthropic gifts they have made to their alma mater through the years.

Private support from people like the Statlers is critical to the ongoing success of the WVU Health Sciences Center and WVU Healthcare and, consequently, to our state. As a comprehensive academic healthcare system, we are dedicated to providing first-rate clinical care, leading-edge research, meaningful outreach programs, and exceptional education programs that train the next generation of leaders.

Transforming Lives—Eliminating Health Disparities

In a recent randomized survey of registered voters in West Virginia, healthcare was identified as the most important contribution WVU makes to the state. Through our schools of medicine (ranked ninth in the country in rural medicine), dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy—and through the new school of public health—West Virginia’s University seeks to meet and exceed the needs of West Virginians. Improving lives and eliminating health disparities is our motto and our mission.

The knowledge, prevention, and treatment contributions we make related to health concerns in our state such as cardiovascular disease, oral health, behavioral health, cancer, and more are applicable far beyond the borders of the Mountain State.

Through A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, we can build leading-edge facilities, recruit and retain first-rate scholars and clinicians, and develop next-generation treatments, pharmaceuticals, and protocols. Most importantly, we can offer West Virginia and the world caring, highly skilled doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. We can transform—and save—more lives.