The Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy Research was founded in 1986. The foundation's purpose is to support research and disseminate information about Duchenne and Becker's muscular dystrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a rare progressive serious diagnosis that affects 1 in 4,000 boys. Today there is no cure but very promising research is underway internationally. The foundation supports research projects and organizes symposia to spread knowledge to families and caregivers. The foundation's board and the executive member's work is completely free of charge. The foundation is fully supported by grants.