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Kids of 9/11 victims ‘rise above’ tragedy in ‘We Go Higher' film

Delaney Colaio, after the deaths of her dad and two uncles in the World Trade Center terror attack, flinched at the term “9/11 kid.”

After working on an ambitious film project about the children of those killed 16 years ago, she’s come to embrace her sad connection to Sept. 11.

“It’s healing to work on this film,” said Colaio, who was just age 3 when Islamic terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers on a sunny Tuesday morning.

“I want to be able to respond in a different way, with love and hope and forgiveness and peace.”

The project, “We Go Higher: A Documentary of Hope,” will hopefully be released in 2018. Colaio said the title referred to her handling of the heartache.

“We wanted to show when there’s a tragedy that happens in your life, you have the choice to rise above it and go higher, (rather) than go low to hate and violence,” she explained.

Mark Colaio was killed on 9/11. He's pictured here with his daughter, Delaney Colaio.

Mark Colaio was killed on 9/11. He’s pictured here with his daughter, Delaney Colaio.

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The 19-year-old Colaio, a freshman at Quinnipiac University, has lined up interviews with “40 to 50” 9/11 kids this week — when the 16th anniversary will be marked.

Brian Cosgrove, 28, jumped at the chance to tell his story in the film.

“I think my purpose in life is to share my message, which is the same as Delaney’s … We’re just lacking love and connection in society as a whole, I believe,” he said.

Cosgrove was a Long Island seventh-grader on Sept. 11, 2001, when he was yanked from his second-period class and assured that his father was OK.

His dad worked at Aon Corp., an insurance company with offices in the south tower. After the initial assurances, Cosgrove was left to wait in vain for his father’s return.

“At the end of the day I was crying hysterically, wondering if my dad was ever going to come home,” he remembered. “And we had this false hope that he would be, but he never did.”

There were 3,051 children under the age of 18 who lost a parent in the attacks. Colaio hopes to interview as many as possible before winnowing her way down to the most compelling stories.

The film’s associate producer Jessica Waring, 30, recalls her father surviving the Feb. 1993 terror attack on the Trade Center.

Mark Colaio was killed on 9/11. He's pictured here with his daughter, Delaney Colaio.

Mark Colaio was killed on 9/11. He’s pictured here with his daughter, Delaney Colaio.

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“I have a vivid memory of him being covered in soot and getting home at 10 p.m.,” she said.

She knew right away what was happening eight years later as black smoke billowed over Lower Manhattan — another terrorist strike.

Her father served as head of security at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, with their offices on the 101st through 105th floors of the skyscraper. He would not survive the second attack.

Colaio’s father Mark worked for Cantor, too, as did her two uncles.

Waring said the project will allow people to see the children of Sept. 11 in a different light.

“It’s such a negative event — it’s kind of like pity, people have pity,” she said. “I think this is going to show how we have risen in our ways.”

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