Family's birthday wish for baby Ryder as he fights aggressive brain cancer

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated April 29 2022 - 12:45am, first published April 26 2022 - 9:00am
Less than three years after their baby daughter Charlie was rushed to hospital for emergency heart surgery, the Montgomery family of Windang are dealing with the unimaginable news that their second-born, Ryder, who is due to turn one next month, may not make it to his second birthday.

With fluffy blond hair, soft lips and round baby cheeks, Ryder Montgomery loves to cuddle, babble and has just started to really show off his cheeky personality.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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