In honor of its founder and director, Caleb Walker, A Week Away will hold the grand finale of the Light the Tree Campaign at the Federal Taphouse on Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Caleb Walker died of brain and spinal cancer on December 3, 2014, just days after launching the Light the Tree campaign to raise $20,000 by December 20.

Walker started the non-profit organization to provide a week of vacation for individuals and their families faced with a life-threatening illness. Through six brain surgeries, a few courses of radiation, and almost continual chemotherapy, Walker fought to provide others the rest he had experienced.

After a weekend vacation with his family, Walker said, “I can still remember how that weekend was one of the first times I felt like a normal person since the diagnosis.”

That weekend sparked Walker’s vision: “In starting A Week Away, we hope to give every immediate family member and/or primary caregiver a week of peace in their chaotic world. We believe that by giving families even just one week of peace together they can return home with the hope they need to continue their fight.”

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Photo credit Ron Cogswell.