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Cherry Blossom Festival includes race through Niskayuna, Schenectady

A huge crowd turned out in support of Gene Kendrick, a retired WNYT cameraman who was diagnosed with ALS, at the 22nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
A huge crowd turned out in support of Gene Kendrick, a retired WNYT cameraman who was diagnosed with ALS, at the 22nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday.
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There was no predicting the disease that befell Gene Kendrick last fall. The 67-year-old Colonie man was in great health — enough so that his physician playfully said he’d have trouble distinguishing Kendrick from a young man were he not standing in his office. Retired two years from his longtime job as a cameraman for WNYT Channel 13 News, Kendrick was doing some home improvements when he first noticed a weakness in his left arm. ...

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