By the time Justin and Cody Cwiklinski were a year old, their parents realized something was amiss. Neither boy was sitting up, rolling over or crawling when other babies were.
MRIs and CAT scans revealed that the twins both had cerebral palsy. Justin had a stroke in utero. And Cody, their parents would learn, is legally blind and has epilepsy.
Doctors told Lisa and Chuck Cwiklinski, of Cheektowaga, more than a decade ago that their twin boys would never be able to talk or walk.
So when the 12-year-old twins on Saturday morning crossed the finish line of the Heritage Centers Foundation 5K run in downtown Buffalo, the moment seemed like something approaching a miracle.