August 8, 2020

Down, But Definitely Not Out

 Update On New Jersey Legend Danny Margagliano’s Recent Injury — And How You Can Help

By Nick McGregor

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Anyone who spent time around the pro surfing world in the 1990s knows Danny “Questo” Margagliano’s name. Product of Ocean City, NJ’s, fertile and highly competitive scene. Early ESA standout. Foil to good friend Matt Keenan. Key member of Ocean City High School’s early championship squad. Perennial Smith Optics Garden State Grudge Match invitee. 2003 Red Bull Ice Break runner-up. Former manager of OC’s iconic 7th Street Surf Shop.

What the 36-year-old Margagliano has been up to in recent years after moving to the Florida Panhandle is slightly different but no less impressive: Avid fisherman, boater, and traveler who still surfs whenever possible. Firefighter with the South Walton Fire District. Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. Husband to wife April and father to young children Ethan and Summer.

Sadly, while on an April 14th boat trip to Noriega Point in the Destin, FL, area, Danny dove overboard and suffered a broken neck and partial paralysis. He was rushed to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where doctors removed his C5 vertebrae and fused together his C4-C7. As of press time, Danny was able to move parts of his left arm but none of his right, and had some feeling in his legs. He’s also been on and off a ventilator since the accident and has undergone other difficulties, including fluid build-up in his lungs, a collapsed lung, various infections and bacterial growths, and multiple tubes and insertions to maintain his vitals and keep him healthy. Luckily, Danny is currently slated for a tracheotomy before the end of this week and a PEG tube insertion to alleviate his previous feeding tube next week.

Immediately after Danny’s injury, local communities both in Florida and New Jersey sprang into action. Danny’s firefighters’ union provided meals and a hotel room to the Margagliano family, while also raising over $14,000 in less than two weeks via fundraisers at area restaurants and online site, where you can donate if you’re so inclined. In addition, Nick Bricker and his family in South Jersey set up a Throw Down For Danny fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, May 6th at the Ocean City Yacht Club. Not surprisingly, all 300 tickets sold out in less than a week’s time, and hundreds of businesses small and large donated raffle items to raise money at the event. Before the event even began, the Jersey community had raised nearly $10,500, so expect that total to go way up next week after the raffle and auction. Other events coming up include Dining 4 Danny nights at Beef O’Brady’s in South Walton Beach on May 10th and May 24th; a Sunset Cruise for the Margagliano family at HarborWalk Marina in Destin on May 12th; and an all-day fundraiser at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach on May 13th.
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