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Joique Bell Speaks About His Sisters Illness

The news came by text while Lions running back Joique Bell was working out in California two weeks ago, and when he first looked down and saw his sisters message “Its on” he wasn’t sure what she meant.

I thought she was saying it was on like shes going to beat me up when she sees me because I didn’t answer her phone call, Bell said before the Lions held their third practice of training camp in front of 8,935 fans at Wayne States Adams Field. Then I texted her and I say, What are you talking about? And she just texted me back, Kidney. I immediately called her, and she told me that they called her and said that shes No. 1 on the list.

Bell-Clayton was next up for a kidney transplant, a donation shed waited 7 years for since she was diagnosed with renal disease in December 2006 after she went to the hospital for what she thought was a serious case of the flu.

She received two similar calls this spring, but neither materialized with a transplant she was second on the list for the first kidney, and she turned down the second because it was a high-risk donation so when doctors told her to go about her day, she tried to keep her hopes in check.

“You sit there and see one of your loved ones,” Bell said. “I mean, I’m fighting for a job on the field, my sisters fighting for her life. And whenever I feel tired or weary Ive got to think about it. Well, she gets tired, she never gives up, and I have no place to feel sorry for myself when I’m out here just fighting, doing something that I love to do rather than fighting for my life.”

“I’m definitely home, Bell said before practice. Its great to be back and for me to play college ball here, to be from Michigan, to play for Wayne State and now Im playing for the Detroit Lions, to be able to bring the Detroit Lions back to Wayne State, its a great feeling. So many memories here, and this is a day Ill never forget.”


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It certainly does put a perspective on things when you have a loved one battling something that is threatening their life. Joique is a real stand up guy and we certainly love having him play for our beloved Detroit Lions, and he wouldn’t have it any other way either. Bell is solidified as the #2 running back with Reggie Bush, which almost could be labeled as “1A” and “1B” the way they split the workload between them, which each [Bush and Bell] excelling in different aspects.

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