Student Visionaries of the Year Albany

Grant Smith | Gene-ius Fighters

Grant's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Feb 15, 2024

Six years ago, I lost my Papa to blood cancer. Since then, my family and I have been fundraising to support research, raise awareness, and help those affected by this disease. Through events and campaigns, we've honored his memory and made a difference. Though he's no longer with us, his spirit lives on in our fight against blood cancer.


Grant's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Dec 28, 2023

Visionaries look to the future—and see infinite possibility.
They challenge the status quo—and make the impossible possible.
They boldly imagine a better world – and lead the charge to create it.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was built on that same vision - of a better world - one without blood cancers.


I am a visionary; I have a vision for a world without cancer, but I need your help.


This year, I’m proud to be a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign, working to raise as much as possible for LLS’s mission.


As a global leader in the fight against blood cancer, LLS:

  • Funds cutting-edge research leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of patients
  • Provides free education and support for blood cancer patients and families, including personalized, one-on-one support, assistance with identifying and enrolling in clinical trials, and more.
  • Mobilizes thousands of advocates to drive policy changes that accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and break down barriers to care.

Please consider joining this fight by making a donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!


Thanks to your support, my efforts will help ensure this generation is the last to see cancer.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you!


For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Barbara Dworkin

    Grant Smith, you are very special to our family! We love you! Paul and Barb Dworkin

  • Sue Zeltmann

    Much progress has been made toward a cure for blood diseases, but we’re not there yet. Thank you to those who are working tirelessly to help make it happen. And thank you, Grant!

  • Amanda Townsley

    Great fundraising efforts, Grant!

  • John Zeltmann and Family

    Go Grant! Were so proud of you for raising money in honor of Papa and for a wonderful cause!

  • Thomas Rath

    To a true friend and a wonderful person, we both came from the South Side of Chicago and were brothers in the SAE Fraternity of Beloit College. Tom Rath

  • Katie McCulloch

    We loved Cousin Gene so so much! ❤️❤️ So proud of you Grant! ❤️

  • Ruth Cox

    So proud of you Grant!♥️

  • Ron Leiser/Sandy Leiser

    Glad to help in this fight against MML Am proud of Grant and helping him honor his grandfather Gene! Unfortunately we know of several friends that are fighting this terrible disease. R9n/Sandy Leiser

  • Marian Gogola

    I’ll submit a company match

  • Judy and Ed Hughes

    Gene was exceptional in all ways: a man of integrity, a pillar of his community, respected by all who knew him. He is sorely missed.

  • Prestige Hospitality Group, LLC

    Justin and I are happy to donate to such a great cause. Grant, grampa Gene would be so proud of you and the terrific young man you are becoming.

  • Robert Wilson

    Thank you, Grant Smith, for keeping up the fight in honor of your wonderful Grandpa Gene. Blessings!

  • Cidy Phillippe

    Gene Zeltmann was a gift to his family,friends and community. He was one of the most thoughtful and kind persons I have ever known. He would be so proud of you Grant! It is so wonderful that you are supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!! Cindy Phillippe

  • Jennifer Regan

    Thanks Grant for your leadership. I remember meeting your Papa a few times and could tell he was remarkable. I hope your campaign goes well -- love the team name :)

  • Ann Marie Halstead

    We all loved your grandfather, Grant, and are so proud of you!

  • The Trimarchi Family


  • Darlene Muscanell

    In honor of a great man Gene Zeltmann you are truly missed everyday.

  • The Rijssenbeek family

    What a wonderful and thoughtful fundraiser you are leading, Grant...a testimony to your love for your amazing grandfather and your belief in the importance of science and action! Best of luck, Team Gene-ius!

  • Adam Israel

    Good luck Grant on reaching your goal in helping such a great organization.

  • Jamie D’Alessandro

    Awesome work Grant! 🙌

  • Walter Guiles

    Good job Grant!

  • Sara-Beth Wangsness

    Donated for our dear cousin Gene, a wonderful, incredible man, a person who was loved and respected by all.

  • Ann Harahan

    Thinking of all your family. Your grandfather was always proud of you and talked about you with love. Congratulations on this wonderful fundraiser and tribute. Ann Harahan

  • Ali Khalaf

    Grant, your Grandpa Gene was such an intelligent, funny, generous man with amazing stories! I know you have some of him in you.

Contact us by email or call 888.LLS.7177.