Utica, NY (WIBX) - Parents of a little girl with a disease bearing a very long name are asking for your help and support.

Ella Rose Gianotti, diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called thalassemia major, will receive a bone marrow transplant from her eight year-old sister, Sophia.

Ella's transplant will take place at Boston Children's Hospital, where she will first undergo chemotherapy treatment.

A benefit for the Utica toddler will be held on May 20, 2012 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Eagle Club located at 10513 Cosby Manor Road in Utica.  Tickets are available for $20 each.  The family is looking for donations of any kind, including paper products, food, and beverages.  For more information please e-mail: ellarosegianotti@aol.com.