Waving woman hopes to bring joy to the world with her simple gesture

Cheryl "Monique" Turks, 47, of Fresno, who suffered a stroke at 16 and remains disabled, found her purpose in waving to passing drivers on Highway 41 to help brighten their day.
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Cheryl "Monique" Turks, 47, of Fresno, who suffered a stroke at 16 and remains disabled, found her purpose in waving to passing drivers on Highway 41 to help brighten their day.

Carmen George is a features and news reporter for The Fresno Bee. Her stories have been recognized with Best of the West, George F. Gruner, and McClatchy President’s awards, and nine first or second place awards from the California News Publishers Association. She has a passion for sharing people’s stories to highlight issues and promote greater understanding.