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Mars Hill Pastor Creates Innovative iPhone Case, Hopes to Support Wife's Cancer Treatment With Profits

Pastor Thomas Hurst
Award winning photographer and Mars Hill Pastor Thomas Hurst. |

Mars Hill Bellevue pastor and award-winning photographer Thomas Hurst has created an innovative case for the iPhone that he hopes to use to generate money to support his wife's cancer treatment.

This accessory, named the COVR, case allows iPhone users to take pictures holding the device horizontally instead of vertically. It does this with a built-in sliding lens that allows photographers to shoot pictures without being noticed.

COVR iPhone Photo Case
COVR iPhone Photo Case Created by Pastor Thomas Hurst |

"Everyone has become a photographer in the age of smartphones," Hurst said, "But as easy as the technology has allowed photography to become, our iPhones still don't allow us to be present without being obtrusive. As soon as we pull out our iPhones and hold them up to capture a picture, people become aware, they stare, shift, change ­ the picture changes and what you wanted to capture for forever, is lost. This is why I created COVR Photo, so we don't miss the images that really matter."

Hurst launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project where he already raised about $20,000 of an $80,000 goal. Once the component goes into production, Hurst will use the money made from its sales to pay his wife's medical bills, as he is suffering from late stage colon cancer.

"As many of you already know my wife Angela has been diagnosed with late stage colon cancer," he said in a letter to family and friends. "Ultimately, our goal behind launching COVR Photo is to make enough money to either pay for Angie's alternative medical needs, which are out of pocket, or have enough money as a single dad to care for our boys if God calls Angie home."

Early adopters of the Kickstarter campaign will receive One COVR Photo case and the iOS app for $55 instead of the $69.95 retail price. Other backers will get signed prints from Hurst's collection of war photography.

Those who are interested in the COVR Photo case can learn more on or place a pre-order with Kickstarter.

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