The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative have been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research to recruit children with advanced or relapsed cancer via Facebook and develop a web-based tool so they can create electronic storyboards reflecting their lives.

Principal investigator Terrah Foster Akard believes this will help the children and their parents better cope and adjust to these difficult health conditions. Preliminary data from Akard’s prior work shows face-to-face legacy-making interventions can improve coping and adjustment for children with cancer.

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