Star Wars fan donates kidney to fellow stormtrooper

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

A Star Wars fan got help in the battle for his life from a stormtrooper: Specifically, a Long Island resident and member of the fan club known as the 501st Legion, CBS reported.

Jeff Romanoff is also part of the Philadelphia fan club that puts on costumes from the films for charity. He met Eric Seemann, a fellow 501st member from Long Island, at a convention.

Seemann later learned that Romanoff was suffering from cancer and needed a kidney transplant to survive. Seemann got tested and learned he was a perfect match.

Ten years ago, Seemann's brother donated his kidney to a family member, and two years ago, his mother was diagnosed with leukemia. That was all the motivation he needed to donate his own kidney to Romanoff. They underwent the life-saving surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

"I've seen things from both sides of the fence," Seemann told CBS. "I know what it's like to be waiting and hoping there will be a match, and somebody you care about is taken care of and cured."

Surgeons expect both Romanoff and Seemann to recover fully.