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 and eventually worked her way up to managing an events department for a prominent restaurant group.  

In May 2016, Kelly and her husband Miguel, parents of Jackson (now 6 years old) and Adelaide (now 3 years old), received two life-changing pieces of news: Miguel landed the role of a lifetime, starring as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago and baby Adelaide was diagnosed with epilepsy and eventually, infantile spasms, a severe 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 quickly found her voice with the non-profit, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and is now a board member. Over the last two years she has been a major part of multiple successful fundraising campaigns, spoken at epilepsy events across the country and started her own blog which can be found on this site. Launching in January 2019, in conjunction with CURE, Kelly will host a podcast called “Seizing Life” which can be found on YouTube and all major podcast sites.

Kelly is also involved with the ACLU of Illinois and sits on the board of their Next Generation Society assisting with the coordination and execution of fundraising events. Additionally, after learning of the initial separation of families at the US/Mexico border in the Spring of 2018, Kelly launched 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.