Running was David Youkhana's passion.
The 65-year-old Toronto man always took good care of himself and liked to volunteer, but three years ago he started to do them together.
He began running for a cause.
"He loved to do charity events, he loved to run for a cause," his daughter Nahrain Sciulli said yesterday.
Youkhana collapsed at the start of Sunday's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and died at St. Michael's Hospital.
Youkhana's elder daughter said he began running marathons a few years ago even though he'd had a mild heart attack 11 years ago. He was careful about his health and made a point of meeting with his doctor before a race to get the green light, she said.
And he was proud when he achieved his running dreams.
"After turning his marathon running dream into a reality, he always came back and told us that, `I did it,'" said Evelyn Colalillo, Youkhana's younger daughter.
"We all are going to miss him for the rest of our lives," she said.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The runner who collapsed in Toronto during the marathon died, The Toronto Star reported today: