Kelly Cervantes is Chair of the Board of Directors for CURE Epilepsy. In the Spring of 2016, Kelly’s daughter, Adelaide, was diagnosed with epilepsy so Kelly left her job, to take over her full-time care. Since arriving in Chicago, Kelly and her husband, Miguel Cervantes, spearheaded their My Shot at Epilepsy fundraising campaign and began a local and national media tour telling their story, and raising awareness and money for CURE Epilepsy. Sadly in 2019, after fighting against seizures for 3 years, Adelaide passed away from an unknown neuro-degenerative condition.
Born in St. Louis, MO and raised in Omaha, NE, Kelly attended Northeastern University in Boston where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with concentrations in Organizational Communication and Public Speech. Following Boston, Kelly moved to New York City where she performed as a commercial, television, and film actress.
Kelly currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Miguel, and their child, Jackson, where she writes and speaks about grief and being a parent to a medically complex child. While this is a club she never wanted to be a part of, Kelly is determined to fight for a cure in memory of her daughter alongside other CURE Epilepsy families.