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Connections with purpose

Connections with purpose

By Christopher Velona
Being transparent and educating ourselves should be an ongoing process. All too often we listen to others without doing the research. On the "Connections with purpose" podcast we will listen as people share their connections that actually have meaningful intentions. Listen as each guest uncovers the road of mistakes and helps you get the answers you will want to hear to help you become the best version of you or your company.
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New Show.
We are changing things up around here. We have a new podcast and an entirely new show. Welcome to CSG consultants. Where we create time for you. This podcast was created around the idea of helping others connect. The new show is titled connections with purpose. Give us a listen and tell us what is your purpose…?
January 9, 2021
"We knew nothing about this..." Kristen Gray
Wife, mother, advocate, and businesswoman, Kristen Gray shares her story about the heartbreaking battle into the unknown...Batten Disease. "In my wildest of wildest fears did I ever think what it ultimately would be"  From normalcy to misdiagnosis to MRIs, Kristen Finds strength and power in her partner.  Kristen and Gordon Gray have paved the way for many doctors, physicians and pharmaceutical companies to start thinking outside the box, as both of their children fight for their lives.  Gordon Gray, a Hollywood producer, turned childhood disease advocate was able to rally some of his Hollywood friends to create an awareness campaign that catapulted Batten disease research. Truly a power couple.  There are no treatment options or cure at this time for any variant of Batten disease. It will leave your children blind, immobile and cognitively impaired, and ultimately, dead before a full life of normalcy. Kristen reveals the one hard lesson learned..." research, research, research! Listen on as the co-founder of Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation Refuses to listen to the old ways as she and her husband move science forward into the Gene therapy space to help their girls and many others in the process. To find out more about the Charlotte and Gwyneth Gray Foundation please visit: Facebook: Curebatten Thegrayacdemy Instagram: @curebatten To reach Kristen directly:
April 18, 2020
The Cystic fibrosis financial planner
Meet Steven Lee. A Man that has three full-time jobs. Father, husband and brings community and awareness through his financial services. But let's talk about why Stephen is on the project Sebastian podcast. The father of two children Rebecca 8 and Sampson 5, Steven works from home while taking care of his two children. One of which requires treatments twice a day for breathing to counteract the cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in people with CF, a defective gene causes the secretions to become sticky and thick. Instead of acting as lubricants, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas. Although cystic fibrosis is progressive and requires daily care, people with CF are usually able to attend school and work. They often have a better quality of life than people with CF had in previous decades. Improvements in screening and treatments mean that people with CF now may live into their mid- to late 30s or 40s, and some are living into their 50s. With a desire to make the best of his life he puts his family first and devours any ounce of information on how to help others in the CF world. Financial Planning Research site: LinkedIn profile: Twitter handle: @sleegja YouTube link: GJA Channel Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Extra Life Team Site: Also, you can subscribe to Steves financial planning research blog and check out my SSRN author page and reach out to Steven below as well: Steven Lee Executive Vice President George James & Associates t 951.888.0734
March 21, 2020
Josh the super uncle!
Joshua Ervasti, otherwise known as a super uncle. Listen today as Josh tells the story of one courageous little girl battling brain cancer and the sport that spiked a movement.  Maddie Cunningham had Medulloblastoma at the age of three. This Horrible type of brain cancer attacks the cerebellum creating a very difficult life of cognitive loss and fine motor skills as well as balance. Through a loving family and a super uncle, they created Maddie Cunningham's classic volleyball Challenge to bring awareness and funds to help all children suffering from medulloblastoma. Maddie has been in remission for some time and is 17!  To find out more and to contact Josh, please visit: Facebook:
March 4, 2020
Melissa and Haley~Heros
Meet Melissa Pollman: Mom, wife, entrepreneur, advocate and holds an MBA in Management. Listen in as we hear this family gal's story from Oregon about her daughter Haley, and the change that would come from a horrible diagnosis of Batten disease CLN1. From the business owner to Batten advocate she not only created a foundation but took on TEDx speaker series earlier this year to raise more awareness to find a cure. You can follow Melissa on these social media platforms: Facebook: Melissa Pollman                     Haley Heros Foundation Instagram: Twitter: Tedx:
February 19, 2020
Accountability and Autism
Listen today as our guest Jessica Calhoun keeps it real through accountability, weight loss, sobriety and motivating others through the truth and obstacle courses! You can follow Jessica on social media!!  Instagram:
February 11, 2020
The year in review
Listen as we recap the highs and the lows of 2019. From multiple seizures to shutting down an NFL raffle, Throwing out the first pitch at the Dodgers game, standing toe to toe with Dana White and the UFC, to creating the most awareness to date in the state of California with Assemblywoman Christy Smith. Please visit to make a donation today to save a child tomorrow.
January 1, 2020
Breaking down Epilepsy with Dr. Shaun Hussain
Dr. Hussain, Director of Infantile Spasms Program and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA, Breaks down epilepsy in its rawest form. From newborn screenings, to why false positives are on the rise and the struggle to talk more about epilepsy as a whole.  Join us as Dr. Shaun Hussain brings not only his experience in the infantile spasms world but as it directly relates to his personal life. To find out more about what Dr. Sean Hussain is doing click here: To donate today and support funding and research for infantile spasms click here:
November 14, 2019
The Update
Sebastians MRI...:( The rest of the years going forward. :)
July 16, 2019
BDSRA Family Liaison Tracy Kirby
Listen as Tracy Kirby discusses her role as one the Nations largest advocates in helping families affected by Batten disease find love, hope and support.
June 18, 2019
Bill Bussey
 A former police officer, Rodeo superstar, sheriff dispatcher and all-around guys guy, Shares his story. As we listen to him overcoming life's challenges through his own loss of sight, We are reminded that sometimes we just should not wait. Today's guest is almost blind and an advocate and independent contractor for a great company called eSight. Bill Bussey. To reach out to Bill for anything from eSight to coping with blindness call him at +1 (830) 388-0832
April 28, 2019
In my opinion
Why do we react so badly, Why do we run? Why are we crippled with fear?  Its ok ....It just is...
April 2, 2019
Episode 12
Todays episode...The amazing Dr. Jill Weimer! Jill Weimer, Ph.D. Associate Scientist and Senior Director of Therapeutic Development   Sanford Research Dr. Jill Weimer is a developmental neuroscientist and oversees the management and continued development of the translational arm of Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She started at Sanford Research in 2009 as an assistant scientist, and her research program focuses on the molecular mechanisms mediating development of the cerebral cortex and how disruption in these processes can lead to a whole host of neural pediatric disorders, including Batten’s disease and Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Dr. Weimer grew up in north central Missouri and moved to upstate New York where she received her bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. She completed her postdoctoral training in the Neuroscience Research Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a focus on developmental neuroscience. 
February 28, 2019
ENTREPRENEUR, WORLD TRAVELLER, DJ, CELEBRITY PODCASTER, & LIFE ENTHUSIAST AND SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCATE. Vernon tells his story about helping his family from across the country while discovering his true calling.
January 18, 2019
Holiday message with Sebastian and Gage
Listen as my boys give all of us a holiday message!
December 24, 2018
John Montazeri: Father, Advocate, Businessman
Take a listen as this father of autistic child describes his life full of challenges, Depression, Marriage, Money, the current state of insurance with special needs ad how he is dealing with the loss of a very special person.
December 12, 2018
Today we talk to a sibling of a special needs kid. Gage, my son, goes deep into his relationship about his brother and talks candidly about the challenges of being a younger brother were anger and resentment played a part in the downfall of most of his relationships. Throughout his brothers challenges in life Gage found himself left out only to become one of sebastian‘s biggest supporters.
November 17, 2018
Dena bogrow •Listen as this special-needs mom tackles and 18-year-old suffering from several forms of autism. Attacking the day-to-day challenges of divorce, daily activities, home based business as well as finding the spiritual aspect to survive
October 26, 2018
Vanessa severance
Batten disease cln2 mom discusses the hardships of full-time care with full-time jobs
October 1, 2018
Getting to know your host, Christopher Velona
September 29, 2018
Batten disease...
Greg Lopez~We discuss the everyday challenges of an Autistic adult and a father of 5 who is relentless in helping others in the batten community
September 18, 2018