NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thousands turned out early on Sunday morning for March for Babies, an event put on by March of Dimes which raises money to support research that helps prevent premature births.

Some of the well-known supporters leading the march were tennis great Venus Williams and Giants offensive lineman David Diehl.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported

“It’s all about people, it’s all about families,” Diehl told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “And it’s all about, most importantly, helping babies be stronger and healthier.”

Yes, it’s all about babies like Addison Saji, a healthy, happy four-year-old girl who was born eight weeks premature.

“When you’re in the queue you don’t know what the next day will bring,” Ken Saji, Addison’s dad, said. “It’s frightening to see. With the help of March of Dimes and through [Addison’s] own strong will, to see her grow every month and every year and be where she is developmentally, it’s really a thrill. She’s really thriving.”

The walks at Lincoln Center and on Staten Island are expected to raise nearly $3 million for healthier babies.

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