When William “Billy” Wingo ‘15 was diagnosed with cancer, the news was both devastating and shocking. Beating cancer, however, inspired Billy and, in 2019, he and a handful of friends, several of them recent BL graduates, founded Beneficial Pain (BP), a non-profit that seeks to “empower humans to redirect their mindset around pain.”
In addition to Wingo, the founder and president, Beneficial Pain’s leadership team includes Vice President Devin Harvin ‘15 and Director of People Jerel Archer ‘15. Its board also features several BL connections including Tyler Steinhardt ‘12 and Upper School Dean of Students Mac McDonald.
“The coolest part about BP is how they’ve expressed an interest in remaining close to Boys’ Latin and creating relationships across generations of Lakers,” said Mr. McDonald, who has worked with the organization since its early days and has incorporated their programming in the upper school.
Since its founding, Beneficial Pain has established programs to fight homelessness and hunger in Baltimore. It has also provided more than $25,000 in college scholarships to local students. As part of Boys’ Latin’s collaboration with the organization, on Friday, January 6, Beneficial Pain hosted its annual scholarship dinner right here on campus. Board members, benefactors, community members, scholarship recipients and their families attended the event, which was held in the Bauer Student Commons.
In an address before dinner, Billy said to scholarship recipients, “Let my story be an inspiration and help you realize that whatever you are confronted with does not define your life's outcome, but how you attack the moment and approach it does.”
“You all are going places, and we at Beneficial Pain are excited to see you get there.”