Julianna Rose Wisniewski

January 1999
November 2021


Jules was a very strong and independent person from the moment she was born. The first half of her childhood was spent in Western NY, and the rest in Las Vegas, NV. She was not one for following traditions and was not afraid to do her own thing. She was very passionate about science, medicine, feminism, and equality. She graduated from Arbor View HS in 2017 with High Honors, Presidential Award, and Multilingual Award. She enrolled in UNLV to study Nursing, with a particular interest in surgical nursing. She worked as a medical assistant and scribe as she studied. During this time, she was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a very rare soft tissue cancer that began in her ankle as a small lump. It was misdiagnosed at first, which delayed her care. This is extremely common with Synovial Sarcoma, and she encouraged people to push for a biopsy just in case. After four cycles of chemotherapy, she had a below the knee amputation in January of 2021, but it seems that the cancer had already metastasized to her lungs. She was hoping to be able to enroll in a clinical trial, but her time ran out. She died on November 9th surrounded by loved ones. Donating her body to science will help students learn to become nurses and doctors, and will hopefully give the medical community more information about her rare cancer, for the sake of other future patients.

Friends & Family

Her fiancé Ricardo Ordaz, Sister Olivia Wisniewski, Parents Mark & Mandy Wisniewski, Grandparents Richard and Marguerite Wisniewski, and Elliott and Carol Hume, Bonus sister Rosalenna Ordaz, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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