Musician Steven Van Zandt gives bandana to Jamie Raskin : NPR
When Congressman Jamie Raskin started wearing a hijab during cancer treatment, he credited E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his signature scarf His new look. Van Zandt is now taking Ruskin's fashion choices a step further and gifting the Maryland Democrat with a headscarf.
“Over the next few months, you will see my chemical headgear fashion take to the next level,” Ruskin tweeted, along with a photo of him donning the new hijab.
This gift comes from all of us who want to thank you every day for giving us hope for a politician who cares about justice! This is for a quick full recovery. https://t.co/11WfFWAmrG
— 🕉🇺🇦Steve VanZandt ☮️💙 (@StevieVanZandt) February 11, 2023
Ruskin, who was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, announced he would start chemoimmunotherapy in December. Cancer treatment “caused hair loss and weight gain,” Ruskin said in the announcement. He later confirmed the severity of the hair loss to CNN, telling the outlet that he was “losing about 40 or 50 hairs a day.”
Within a month, this politician could be seen wearing a hijab at a House committee hearing. He later told huffington post He took inspiration from the hood that Van Zandt (also called Steven Jr.) often wore.
“I'm so grateful to Steven Jr. for creating this look for American men who have been through certain things,” he told the outlet.
.@RepJamesComer: We all support you. We know you will win this battle. You are in our thoughts and prayers.@RepRaskin: I am so happy to receive so many kind words of encouragement and sympathy… I certainly intend to fix this and beat it. pic.twitter.com/SOrCQwh23S
— Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) January 31, 2023
On Saturday, Ruskin shared that the musician and actor gifted him a hood. In the tweet, Ruskin said he would cherish the gift “from one of the greatest musicians on earth.”
Van Zant retweeted the photo, wishing the Maryland Democrat a “speedy and full recovery.”
“This gift comes from all of us who want to thank you every day for giving us hope for a politician who cares about justice!” Van Zant said.