Miguel Cervantes, husband, father and Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago production of HAMILTON, is partnering with Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) to raise funds to support epilepsy research in honor of his 1-year-old daughter who is suffering from epilepsy. Learn more about Adelaide’s story below.

There are two raffle opportunities and one silent auction available for participation. Please join us in our campaign to cure epilepsy!
Caroling with Hamilton Cast
RAFFLE
CAROLING WITH
HAMILTON CAST

Win the opportunity of a lifetime to have Miguel Cervantes and other members of the Chicago cast of HAMILTON go caroling in the Chicagoland area with you and a group of up to 20 friends this holiday season. Holiday-themed rap battles may ensue. Purchase a raffle ticket to enter with all proceeds going to support epilepsy research. Each $25 raffle ticket counts for one entry. Click here to purchase a raffle ticket. The raffle ends Friday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. CST and the winner will be announced via email on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

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Backstage Passes + Hamilton Tickets
RAFFLE
BACKSTAGE PASSES +
TICKETS TO HAMILTON

Enter for a chance to win two backstage passes and tickets to see the Chicago production of HAMILTON. Find out what it’s really like behind the scenes of this non-stop award-winning musical that’s blown everyone away and meet the Chicago cast. Purchase a raffle ticket to enter with all proceeds going to support epilepsy research. Each $50 raffle ticket counts for one entry. Click here to purchase a raffle ticket. The raffle ends Friday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. CST and the winner will be announced via email on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

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Private Performance with Miguel Cervantes
SILENT AUCTION
PRIVATE PERFORMANCE
WITH MIGUEL CERVANTES

Do you want to wow your guests at your next dinner party with the presence of a Broadway star? Then you won’t be able to say no to this. Bidding is now open for this amazing opportunity to host a private dinner party in the Chicagoland area with Miguel Cervantes, the star of the Chicago production of HAMILTON, with all proceeds going to support epilepsy research. Miguel and cast members will perform a non-stop cabaret in your home or private party of your choice – and you can join along if you’d like! To find out more, please call 312-255-1801 or email events@CUREepilepsy.org. Bidding starts at $25,000 and closes on Dec. 16, 2016 at 12 p.m. CST and the winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
Adelaide's Story
ADELAIDE’S STORY
Adelaide is the beautiful one-year-old daughter of Kelly and Miguel Cervantes and beloved little sister to Jackson. She is also a member of the CURE family. Adelaide suffers from Infantile Spasms (IS), a rare childhood epilepsy syndrome that can have profoundly negative long-term consequences. Starting at 7 months, Adelaide began having dozens of seizures per day and as a result has severe developmental and cognitive delays. The current available treatments for IS are not always effective and are often associated with substantial adverse effects.

While there is currently no cure for IS, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy is dedicated to curing IS and all other types of epilepsy by supporting epilepsy research across the globe. CURE has awarded IS investigators over $4 million to advance cutting-edge research. Together we can help Adelaide and the other 65 million people worldwide currently living with epilepsy.
ABOUT EPILEPSY
  • 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.
  • An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy.
  • Each year at least 200,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy.
  • In two-thirds of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
  • Epilepsy affects more people than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's combined – yet receives fewer federal dollars per patient than each of these.
  • It is estimated that up to 50,000 deaths occur annually in the U.S. from status epilepticus (prolonged seizures), Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), and other seizure-related causes such as drowning and other accidents.
  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) accounts for 34% of all sudden deaths in children.
  • 2.2 million troops have served in the current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts; it is estimated that 440,000 of these soldiers will experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) and more than 100,000 of these soldiers are expected to develop post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE).
  • TBI can also result from sports-related incidents. A concussion is a brain injury and recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury, the development of PTE, or even death.
  • Epilepsy costs the United States approximately $15.5 billion each year. The indirect costs associated with uncontrolled seizures are seven times higher than that of the average for all chronic diseases.
CURE
ABOUT CURE
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. The organization was founded by Susan Axelrod and a small group of parents of children with epilepsy who were frustrated with their inability to protect their children from seizures and the side effects of medications. Unwilling to sit back, they joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure.

Since its inception in 1998, CURE has been at the forefront of epilepsy research, raising more than $40 million to fund research and other initiatives that will lead the way to a cure for epilepsy. CURE funds grants for young and established investigators and has awarded more than 200 cutting-edge projects in 15 countries around the world.

To learn more about the research funded by CURE, please visit their website at www.cureepilepsy.org.