Kelly Cervantes

Meet Kelly...

 Photo Credit: Rachel Friedman Photogrpahy

Photo Credit: Rachel Friedman Photogrpahy

 
 

An unexpected journey...

Kelly was born in St. Louis, MO, grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, attended college at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and from there moved to New York to pursue an acting career. Like many, she found herself working in restaurants in NYC, and worked herself up to Senior Sales Manager at Riverpark, A Tom Colicchio Restaurant.  

In May 2016, Kelly and her husband Miguel, parents of Jackson (now 6 years old) and Adelaide (now 2.5 year old), received two life-changing pieces of news. Just as Kelly was about to transition to another prominent restaurant group, Miguel learned he got the role of a lifetime, starring as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago. They also learned that baby Adelaide had been diagnosed with epilepsy and eventually, infantile spasms, a serious form of childhood epilepsy. Choosing family first and a role of the lifetime, Kelly and Miguel made the move to Chicago where they currently reside. 

Since arriving in Chicago, Kelly and Miguel have become extremely active with the non-profit, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) of which Kelly is now a board member. In the fall of 2016 they launched their My Shot At Epilepsy fundraising campaign which has raised over $200,000 for epilepsy research to date. Then, in 2018 they debuted "Adelaide's Blend" coffee, a collaboration with Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea, with proceeds going to benefit CURE. 

While in Chicago, Kelly has also become involved with the ACLU of Illinois and became a member of their Next Generation Society board following the successful planning and execution of #RiseUpACLU, a fundraising concert featuring cast members of Hamilton Chicago which was held on April 3rd, 2017. After learning of the initial separation of families at the border in the Spring of 2018, Kelly lauched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a refugee mother and her child who had been reunited in Chicago following a four month separation.

In between Jackson's activities, Adelaide's therapies, and a Hamilton event or two, Kelly continues to raise awareness and speak publicly about their family's journey with epilepsy and the real life moments that come with parenting a special needs child.