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After failed kidney transplant, friends rally to support Bozeman nurse fighting disease

BOZEMAN, Mont. – A Bozeman woman has been fighting a kidney disease for the past nine years. She finally received a transplant this past September that failed following the procedure.

Ginger Bokma is a wife, mother, friend and Bozeman Health nurse. Once she had the transplant, she had a rare complication that resulted in complete failure. She is back on the very lengthy rematch list once again.

The community has wrapped its arms around Ginger and her family by putting together a benefit dinner Thursday night to help alleviate some of the financial burden.

Ali Largess, a friend and co-worker of Ginger’s, said, “We are so lucky in this community, we are surrounded by amazing people.”

“It’s just been very difficult to watch and we really want to support her and a few of us just got together and decided that we needed to do this and we wanted to do this,” said another colleague and friend, Erin Neil.

The benefit dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night at The Commons in Bozeman. It will include a spaghetti dinner at $10 a plate, $40 for a family, or $5 for children. There will also be a raffle, along with a live and silent auction.

If you are unable to attend and want to help Ginger and her family, you can donate at First Security Bank to the Ginger Bokma Benefit Fund or online via Ginger’s GoFundMe campaign.

Emma Hamilton

Emma Hamilton

Emma joined the KBZK news team in May of 2018 as a news reporter. When she's not reporting, Emma enjoys the outdoors, running and spending time with her dog, Lucy. Have a story idea or want to chat? Send Emma an email at
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