Money brings us the story of Daren Fike. Age 38 at the time of the article, Fike had experienced unexpected tragedy when his wife died of leukemia in 2003, leaving him the single parent of their 16-month-old daughter. Despite these challenges, Fike had accumulated over $290,000 in retirement savings and another $24,000 in liquid savings (which he had set aside as his emergency fund).
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