Woman With MS Sets Up Elaborate Holiday Display

November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Ed Reilly

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November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM EDT

FORESTVILLE, NY (WKBW) - It is estimated that 400,000 people in the United States suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS).

The disease can cripple a victim's ability to talk, see, and move.

Gina Duck from Forestville, NY has suffered with MS for years.

But in spite of debilitating bouts with the illness, she continued to set up an elaborate Christmas village that included 400 buildings and five train sets.

The display attracted many residents from Forestville who were anxious to get a glimpse of the miniature village that covered a large area of her home.

In 2007, Gina Duck discovered she had breast cancer.

Battling the two diseases left her so worn out, that it looked like the holiday village tradition might be done forever.

"Because my hands were not functioning properly, I was always afraid that I would drop a piece and break it," added Gina Duck.

The breast cancer in now in remission, and her treatments for MS have prevented an attack in more than a year.

This year she is feeling better and was determined to put up part of her village.

"She has a lot of will-power," commented her daughter Kim Pasternack.

Gina Duck only had enough stamina to do 100 buildings and one train set.

"I can still do it. It is still within me to be able to do this for the family and my friends . . . and for myself," added Gina Duck.

"I'm not going to let it beat me"