Heartbreaking news pushed special needs mom Kelly Cervantes to inspire positive change

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: January 22, 2019, 4:39PM

Kelly Cervantes is an epilepsy advocate, board member of the non-profit Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), and mother of two (Jackson and Adelaide). In May 2016, Kelly and her husband Miguel (who stars as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago) received heartbreaking news: Baby Adelaide was diagnosed with infantile spasms, a severe form of childhood epilepsy. "There is only so much we can do to help Adelaide," Kelly told Start TV, "but I can go out this afternoon and talk to someone about epilepsy and try and raise money for research."

Today Kelly works tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for the disease. She documents her path as a special needs mom in her blog and launched a podcast in January 2019 with CURE called "Seizing Life." She said this experience has taught her that "change isn't bad. Change is what you make of it."

Learn more about what Kelly Cervantes calls "survival of the most adaptable":

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