On Sunday, over 6,000 walkers will gather in Foley Square for the 12th annual New York City Kidney Walk to help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against kidney disease in the tristate region.

Amsterdam News controller Antoinette Donegan is one of the event’s key participants. Late last year, Donegan donated a kidney to a member of her congregation. For her, it was a spiritual and selfless act to save a life. Now she participates in the Kidney Walk each year to spread awareness about kidney disease in the hopes that she can help others avoid kidney failure.

Funds raised through the Kidney Walk support the National Kidney Foundation’s free health screenings program for those at risk, research, patient advocacy, a toll-free hotline, as well as public and professional education.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Foley Square, New York City. The noncompetitive 5K walk begins at 10:30 a.m. and will take participants over the Brooklyn Bridge and back. Teams and individual walkers of all ages are invited to participate and fundraise to fight kidney disease. To register for the Kidney Walk, visit www.kidneywalk.org or call 212-889-2210, ext. 203, for more information.