MD. Congressman Jamie Raskin gifted head covering for cancer by rocker Steven Van Zandt

Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin (D) was given a head covering as he continues his cancer battle by E Street Band frontman Steven Van Zandt this weekend.

Raskin Tweeted about the gift on Saturday, thanking Van Zandt. “Look what I received from one of the greatest musicians on earth, a gift I will treasure almost as much as his song “I am a patriot,” Raskin wrote. “You are about to see a step up in my chemo head-cover fashions for the next few months. Rock on Stevie, keep spreading the light.”

Van Zandt retweeted Raskin’s message to his 328,000 followers, thanking Raskin for his work in Congress fighting for civil rights equality and justice. “That gift is from all of us who want to thank you every day for giving us hope that there is a politician that cares about justice! Here’s to a rapid complete recovery,” wrote Van Zandt.

Raskin first announced his cancer diagnosis in late December in a statement to the people in his district. “After several days of tests, I have been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, which is a serious but curable form of cancer,” wrote Raskin. “I am about to embark on a course of chemo-immunotherapy on an outpatient basis at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prognosis for most people in my situation is excellent after four months of treatment.”

Raskin appeared on CNN in late January with Jake Tapper and gave an update about his  treatment. “I’m losing about 40 or 50 hairs a day, I would think, to chemo, so that’s upsetting,” he said. “But otherwise, I’m hanging tough, and the doctors are very optimistic, and I’m very optimistic that the chemo is going to get the cancer.”




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