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UPDATED: This is it. We're making a Peter Mayhew "Chewbacca" Documentary! Now the only question left is, "How far can we take it?"
UPDATED: This is it. We're making a Peter Mayhew "Chewbacca" Documentary! Now the only question left is, "How far can we take it?"
UPDATED: This is it. We're making a Peter Mayhew "Chewbacca" Documentary! Now the only question left is, "How far can we take it?"
1,225 backers pledged $68,985 to help bring this project to life.

Chewie on this: Bacca outta the wheel chair.


 Howdy Chewbackers,

    After many months of tireless effort we're reaping the rewards.  Peter has taken to his feet.

    Two weeks ago, within 6 months of his surgery Peter has eliminated the wheelchair from his day to day life all together.  He's built the strength to be able to stand on his own two feet and walk long distances without the use of the wheelchair that has bound him for the last few years.  In the last two weeks we've been to two conventions with him where he's been able to traverse the entirety of the show without a wheelchair.  

    Rehabilitation continues five days a week and 2-3 hours a day. The last two hurdles to overcome are balance and standing for extended periods of time unassisted.

    Meanwhile, we're in fulfillment on the Kickstarter team.  We still have 100+ backers that have not filled out the survey that will give us the ability to ship their rewards out to them.  If you have not done so yet, please fill out the survey.  It collects the information we need from you about shipping and any additional details pertaining to your reward tier.

    This month we will begin sending out the Incentives that include digital copies of the documentary and we will keep you up to date on our progress as well as dates on the packages that include hard copies of the documentary.

    The documentary follows Peter and as such will not reach its end until he does but, none the less, we are in post production.  We are already editing together what we've collected over the past 6 months and will continue to build it as Peter rounds the last corner, finishes this chapter, and turns over a new page in the story of his life.

Thank you for making this possible,

Peter, Ryan & The Standing in the Stars Team

Peter with Timothy & Anna Zahn @ Pensacon (Peter's first show without a wheelchair)
Peter with Timothy & Anna Zahn @ Pensacon (Peter's first show without a wheelchair)
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    1. Eric Ramos on March 26, 2014

      Great to see Mr. Mayhew making a good recovery.

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      Terri Basey on March 11, 2014

      So excited for him. Hopefully the daily pain has left his body. LOVE YOU Mr. Mayhew!

    3. Aaron Mead on March 7, 2014

      I remember Peter when he was at salt lake comic con and how ready he was to get surgery done on Monday. I am glad to have dinner with at salt lake comic too.

    4. Andrew N Slattery on March 7, 2014

      I got to meet Peter at Pensacon 2014 and I'm very happy that he was able to get around without the help of a wheelchair!

    5. Ian Stearns
      on March 7, 2014

      It's great to see to see the Wookie walking again, such great progress. I truly appreciate the updates

    6. Robert Thompson on March 7, 2014

      This was my first Kickstarter and I thank my friends at The Science Fiction Show for pointing me to this project. Way to go Peter, my admiration and respect always. Very proud to be a part of this, it's the least we fans can do to give back, for all you've given us!

    7. scamper on March 7, 2014

      Haloo there. The only note I’ve seen about a survey says, “When your reward is ready, W Ryan Ziegler will send you a survey via email…” But I don’t think I ever saw the survey. Is it available somewhere, or did I misread something? Thank you.

    8. W Ryan Ziegler Creator on March 7, 2014

      In Peter's unique case. He was given an option of being limited by the wheelchair for the rest of his life or having a surgery done that required they test some new technology on him & take some risk. In weighing that risk & reward, he decided it was an opportunity he could not pass up. So, overcoming the limitations the wheelchair placed on him has been a means for him to motivate himself.

    9. W Ryan Ziegler Creator on March 7, 2014

      You're right. That was an inappropriate way to refer to it.

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      Kilian Metcalf on March 7, 2014

      Glad to see the amazing progress Peter has made. One little quibble—from personal experience, I can tell you that people are not 'bound' to a wheelchair. A wheelchair gives a person mobility and independence. If you can't walk, then a wheelchair can help you move around. It liberates, it doesn't 'bind.' The day I got my wheelchair after surgery and could move around my room and out into the hall was a red-letter day. Wheelchairs are the bomb when you can't walk on your own

    11. Carl Farley on March 7, 2014

      Great news on all fronts to start a Friday with. Thanks for the stills, awesome progress. I'm glad this was my first Kickstarter!

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      on March 7, 2014

      Great news!

    13. Duncan McEwen on March 7, 2014

      It is so awesome to see Peter up and standing! This is really cool. Thanks for sharing with us.