Pattie Cagney Sheehan
Owner; Second Act Cancer Recovery Boutique, Chicago
Pattie Cagney Sheehan’s parents both died of cancer. In 2008 she left a 25 year career in marketing/advertising to open Second Act, a cancer recovery boutique accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics.
A BOC Certified Mastectomy Fitter, Pattie belongs to the American Association of Breast Care Professionals and is one of only a handful of individuals in the Midwest trained to fit Radiant Impressions Custom Breast Prostheses. She is also trained to fit compression bras and sleeves to assist in the treatment of lymphedema, and fits wigs for patient experiencing chemotherapy induced alopecia.
A thought leader in post-cancer surgery aftercare, Pattie has produced Completing the Circle of Care, a video that explains how to navigate the post breast surgery process and highlights the items available to make that journey easier. She has appeared on numerous broadcasts, podcasts and radio shows including NBC-5 and CBS-2 Chicago, as well as contributing editorial to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Today’s Chicago Woman magazine and Cancer Fighters Thrive, the official publication of Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She has also been featured on the Campaign for Better Health Care website, the Chicagoland Chamber and US Chamber of Commerce websites.
Pattie and Second Act also give back through a variety of non-profit activities including as a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; a partner in A Silver Lining Foundation’s Chicagoland Cancer Information Coalition (CCIC) and an honorary chair of their 2011 Gala; a board member of ALAS, Asociación Latina de Asistencia y Prevención del Cáncer de Mama (Latina Association for Breast Cancer); and as a volunteer mastectomy fitter for ALAS and the ACS Stroger Hospital programs for uninsured breast cancer survivors.
As a business professional, Pattie has been a panelist and moderator discussing entrepreneurship at the Illinois Women’s Diversity Conference 2010 and 2011, Business Network Chicago and the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA). She won the 2010 City Of Chicago “Elevator Speech” contest and has been a panelist at the City of Chicago Small Business Expo. She also shared her words of wisdom to her “scrappy 20-year- old self” about career and life in the e-book “Words of Wisdom from Kick-Ass Women”.
Second Act was named New Venture of the Year for 2009 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago and a 2010 Small Business Blue Ribbon winner by the US Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Second Act was included in the inaugural class of the City’s World Business Chicago, small business SEED program.