The foundation offers support to families who have been affected by the disease. MTM leaves children unable to perform essential activities such as swallowing and breathing. MTM results from a blockage of muscle cells that inhibits transmission of vital genetic information needed for proper growth. The improper muscular development of the babies ultimately translates into a quality of life that is greatly impaired. The Joshua Frase Foundation has provided researchers with finances that have furthered advancements for an MTM cure.