About Us

What We Do

At A Week Away, we coordinate and finance respite weeks for families who are battling a life-threatening illness, with the goal of providing them the hope they need to continue their fight.

When you get away, you get to feel normal.
Caleb Walker, Founder

Mission Statement

A Week Away is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to finance and coordinate respite weeks for individuals and their loved ones who are dealing with a life-threatening illness — enabling them to find the peace and energy needed to continue fighting their disease.

What We’ve Achieved


  • AWA passes 200 total respites


  • COVID totals to be announced
  • Respites granted in 2021: 21


  • COVID totals to be announced
  • Respites granted in 2020: 10


  • AWA five year anniversary
  • First spring gala Join the Journey
  • AWA passes 150 total respites
  • Respites granted in 2019: 4


  • Named beneficiary of Lancaster Fete en Blanc
  • AWA passes 100 total respites
  • Respites granted in 2018: 59


  • Won Lititz Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off People’s Choice Award
  • Respites granted in 2017: 49


  • Won Lititz Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off People’s Choice Award
  • Received the SCORE Small Business Award from the Lancaster-Lebanon chapter
  • First Fall Blast Hartz 5K
  • Named beneficiary of Subaru of North America’s Share the Love program
  • Respites granted in 2016: 18


  • Named a Fig Social Mission Partner for 2015
  • Tig’ Caleb Opens at Tellus 360
  • First AWA Benefit Concert at Tellus 360
  • First Bike Towards the Cure Fundraiser
  • Received the Benjamin Rush Award from the Lancaster County and City Medical Society
  • Caleb’s Dream Bike is unveiled
  • Respites granted in 2015: 17


  • Received 501(c)(3) status
  • First official AWA event
  • First AWA Golf Tournament at Foxchase Golf Club
  • Sent a family away for first official AWA respite
  • First Light The Tree Campaign
  • A Week Away Foundation Founder Caleb Walker passes (December 8th, 1990 — December 3rd, 2014)
  • Michael’s Way Foundation Hero Award posthumously awarded to Caleb Walker
  • AWA finishes the year raising over $100,000
  • Respites granted in 2014: 3